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This is a terrific entry-level white that offers plenty of brightness and energy to pair with some Austrian schnitzel. The Cantina Andriano (Kellerei Andrian) 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Finado stands out in a crowd of white wines, thanks to its especially zesty and lively personality. There is pomelo fruit, crunchy pear, almond blossom and light citrus on the close. To the palate, this wine is tart and nicely acidic with pretty mineral nuances as well. Some 45,000 bottles were produced. You get great value here. - ML
The alpine town of Andriano is located where the Val d'Adige begins to widen to the south. High Dolomite mountain peaks known as the Gruppo della Mendola frame the panorama, and vineyards can be seen on the softly rolling lower hills (at 280 to 350 meters above sea level). This area is characterized by distinctive soilsquartz porphyry with pockets of calcareous limestone. These well-draining soil conditions allow for the grape roots to grow deep, and the wines are fresh in acidity and have perfumed aromas as a result.
The grapes are harvested by hand in September from the northeastern parcel of the Andriano vineyards. The grapes need a few extra weeks to mature before harvest because of the shadow of Mount Gantkofel limiting the late afternoon sunlight throughout growing season. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and the wine rests on the lees for 6 months before bottling.
Cantina Andriano was founded in 1893 and lays claim to being one of the first wine-producing cooperatives in the region of Alto Adige. Andriano's vineyards are unique to the area because they are protected to the west by Mount Gantkofel, which is made of dolomite rock and calcareous stone. The sedimentary rock from this peak has eroded over the years and gradually settled, forming a downward sloping hill of deposited soil at the base of this valley. This sedimentary soil deposit expands like a fan from the mouth of the valley over an area of 200 from South-Southeast to Northeast and at an altitude of 260-340m above sea level. The fertile calcareous clay soil is typical of the area and leaves its footprint in the wine's character. As well, cooler climate conditions and high altitude are responsible for the crisp acidity in the wines that give them their unique complexity and freshness.
Cantina Andriano produces two categories of wines: the Classics line, which features wines that are vinified and aged in stainless steel and the Selections line with reds that are aged in small oak barrels and whites that spend more time with lees contact. Andriano wines are elegant and food friendly with good aging potential and wide appeal.
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Cantina Andriano was founded in 1893 and was the first cooperative in Alto Adige. The vineyards are unique to the area because they are protected to the west by Mount Gantkofel which is made of dolomite rock and calcareous stone. The sedimentary rock from this peak over the years has eroded and settled forming a downward sloping hill of deposited soil at the base of this valley that expands like a fan from the mouth of the valley, over an area of 200º from south-southeast to northeast and at an altitude of 260-340 meters above sea level. This fertile calcareous clay soil is typical of the area and leaves its footprint in the wine's character. The vineyards see the sun from early morning to mid afternoon. These cooler climatic conditions with respect to other areas in Alto Adige are responsible for the crisp acidity in the wines that give them their unique complexity and freshness. The wines are elegant with good aging potential. In September 2008, Cantina Andriano was absorbed into the cooperative of Cantina Terlano, a move to unify these two cooperatives who are in the same small DOC of Terlano. The Andriano wines however are kept completely separate, as they have their distinct traits, terroir and history. The staff of Terlano manage the vineyards, vinification procedures, and the sales of Andriano wines. Andriano is adopting the same philosophy of Terlano wines: high-quality terroir wines.