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Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Grigio 2021
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James Suckling 92
"The melon fruit is so ripe that it’s hard to believe they didn’t have help from the Japanese with this! Juicy and generous, in spite of just 13% alcohol (moderate in this context), the acidity entirely subliminal, but driving the long, very clean finish.”

Tasting Notes
"Aromas of white spring flowers, yellow stone fruit, camphor and whiffs of banana lead the nose on this savory white. On the tangy palate, bright acidity accompanies lemon drop  ... read more
js 92
Size: 750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol: 13%
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #47345
Location at store: 53c
Item Description
James Suckling 92
"The melon fruit is so ripe that it’s hard to believe they didn’t have help from the Japanese with this! Juicy and generous, in spite of just 13% alcohol (moderate in this context), the acidity entirely subliminal, but driving the long, very clean finish.”

Tasting Notes
"Aromas of white spring flowers, yellow stone fruit, camphor and whiffs of banana lead the nose on this savory white. On the tangy palate, bright acidity accompanies lemon drop candy and honeydew before a honeyed, hazelnut finish."

The Wine
100% Rulander (Pinot Gris) from vines grown in gravelly marine soils at 600-750m elevation. 2/3 of the wine was fermented and stored in stainless steel tanks; 1/3 was fermented in 30 hl oak casks using natural yeasts.

Wine Information:
Municipalities: Bressanone, Varna, Naz-
Sciaves
Elevation: 1969-2461 feet (600-750 m)
Soils: Gravelly morainal deposits
Exposure: south, southwest
Gradient: 25-40
Grape variety: 100 Rulnder
Training method: Guyot
Vines/ha: 6000-7000
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Harvest period: October

Vinification: 2/3 of wine fermented and
stored in stainless steel tanks; 1/3
fermented in 30 hl oak casks using natural yeasts
Fermentation temperature: approx. 20 C
Maturation: 6 months

Winery Information:
Located in the sleepy little burg of Novacella, in the Isarco River Valley, Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbeys reputation as a winery is stellar and international. In 2009, Italys influential Gambero Rosso named Celestino Lucin, the abbeys enologist WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR."

While the daily tasks of running a monastery, school and world-famous winery have kept Abbazia from jumping through the bureaucratic hoops involved with Italy's organic certification, the centuries old estate is practicing organic.
About Abbazia di Novacella
Abbazia di Novacella
Located in the sleepy little burg of Novacella, in the Isarco River Valley, Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey's reputation as a winery is stellar and international. In 2009, Italy's influential Gambero Rosso named Celestino Lucin, the abbey's enologist, Winemaker of the Year.

The estate has long been known for producing world class white wines with a tremendous price/quality ratio. The white grape vineyards are in the town of Novacella, surrounding the abbey, while the red grapes grow further south. Schiava and Pinot Noir are planted near Lago di Caldaro, and Lagrein is planted near Bolzano. The soil around Abbazia di Novacella is mainly granitic schist, created by ancient glaciers; and the vineyards are quite steep. In the Isarco Valley, vines do not live much longer than 30 years, and the yields are miniscule naturally, producing wines that are aromatic, fresh, and rich. Though it is one of the oldest wineries in the world with over 850 years of winemaking experience, the cellar is entirely modern.

The lineup of wines is incredible! The range includes classics like Kerner and Pinot Grigio, as well as some lesser seen varietals like Veltliner and Moscato Rosa. While famous for their crisp, mineral-driven whites, the estate has also received acclaim for its "formidable reds." (Wine and Spirits Magazine). The aromatic Pinot Nero is one of the best that Italy has to offer.

The Praepositus line represents the absolute best expression of Abbazia's vineyards. They are not single-vineyard wines, but selections of the best fruit from the best sites.

Vineyard practices: While the daily tasks of running a monastery, school and world-famous winery have kept Abbazia from jumping through the bureaucratic hoops involved with Italy's organic certification, the centuries old estate is practicing organic.
Abbazia di Novacella
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