James Suckling 92
A fruity, straight-up chardonnay with sliced cooked apples, burnt lemon sand hints of pie crust on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Some smokiness on the finish. - JS
Wine Advocate 91+
The 2019 Alto Adige Chardonnay Somereto is a true charmer. The wine delivers some of the mild creaminess and textural smoothness that comes naturally to Chardonnay (outside any oak regime), and that pretty, mid-weight fruitiness is especially compelling in this vintage. Somereto is refreshingly crisp, mineral driven and fruity. Simple winemaking is completed in stainless steel with a brief six months of lees contact. Indeed, this is a beautifully naked expression of the grape, from calcareous, reddish clay soils and a cool climate at 260 to 380 meters above sea level. The finish is citrusy, acidic and fresh. You get tremendous value here with this 50,000-bottle production. - ML
Wine Spectator 90
There's a zesty, mineral drive to this well-cut white, underscoring the pretty range of ripe Asian pear, pickled ginger and star fruit flavors. It's finely knit and fresh, with a lightly spiced, lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 4,167 cases made, 396 cases imported. AN
The 2019 Chardonnay Somereto pleases with a mix of ripe yellow apple, subtle spices, and lifting floral tones. Its textural and perfectly balanced, playing tart orchard fruits and minerals against juicy acids that create a push and pull of sour and sweet. A salty twang of citrus frames the experience nicely, ending clean and remarkably fresh. - EG
The grapes are harvested by hand in mid-September from the northeastern reaches of the Andriano vineyards where the vines enjoy an early spring. This "little summer" imparts fresher and more exotic flavors in the Chardonnay grapes that characterize the Somereto wine. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks and the wine matures on the lees for six months and then is bottled and shipped.
Cantina Andriano was founded in 1893 and lays claim to being one of the first wine-producing cooperatives in the region of Alto Adige. In September 2008, Cantina Andriano was absorbed into the cooperative of Cantina Terlano, a move to unify these two entities that are both located in the same small DOC of Terlano. The Andriano wines, however, are kept completely separate, as they have their own distinct traits, terroir, and history. The staff of Terlano manage the vineyards, vinification procedures, and the sales of Andriano wines and as a result Andriano has adopted the same philosophy of Terlano: high-quality, terroir-driven wines.
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.