Pinot Nero 2017 DOC
Alto Adige, Italia
Eventually I am able to taste this wine. The screw cap kills the poetry, but I read so many positive reviews that I buy it anyway. The nectar is a 100% Pinot Noir grape from Trentino Alto Adige, the northernmost region of Italy bordering Austria. The vineyards are located at variable altitudes between 350 and 900m asl. As described on the producer’s Internet site, the fermentation of the grapes takes place in open-top stainless steel tanks. During this process the floating cap of grape skins is gently and frequently plunged. The divine juice then matures for one year in barrique and after bottling it further refines for a few months in the bottle. Salute or Prosit!
In the glass the wine has a beautiful ruby colour with garnet shades. The intensity is medium to pale. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. You can easily identify the red cherry, a succulent raspberry and a touch of wild black fruits. There is a fragrant violet, a hint of blackcurrant leaf, a delicate liquorice and black pepper. The secondaries are the most elegant: cedar, cloves, a bit of toast and charred woods. The bottle aging enriches the aromatic palette with hints of leather, mushroom, earth and meaty.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%) end it gives a pleasant heat wave. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the length is long. On the palate, the red fruits are more concentrated, remembering the fruits preserved in alcohol. There is also a hint of liquorice and the coffee. It not austere as some amazing Burgundies but it has an amazing vitality, especially when the balsamic notes and forest notes come out.
The wine is well made: balanced, a bit complex and a remarkable flavour intensity and lasting. It is perfect even by its own or obviously to wash down your charcuterie and cheese plates. Really glad I haven’t been deterred by the screw cap. I will keep a bottle in the cellar anyway to try in a couple of years. Bravo Franziskus!