Kofererhof

"Gunter Kerschbaumer is an unusually talented young man who makes some of Italy's best white wines. Unbelievably good sylvaner, Muller-Thurgau and kerner arise from splendidly situated vineyards at close to 700 meters above sea level. These are wines that will put to rest any preconceived notions you may have on those grapes. His riesling is quickly becoming one of the best Italian examples of this variety as well." -- International Wine Cellar

Acquired and managed by the Kerschbaumer family since 1940, the Kofererhof estate has existed in southern Tyrol, a region that is as Austrian in spirit as it is Italian, for over 850 years. In 1995, the winery started to bottle its own wines after having sold its fruit to local wineries for years. Kofererhof's tiny 5 hectares of vines are located at the base of the Dolomite mountains between 700 and 800 meters above sea level. At this high altitude, the variation in temperatures from day to night is ideal, and the carefully tended, high-density vineyards yield intensely fragrant, concentrated and well-balanced wines. All grapes are harvested by hand, and attention to detail is paramount in this limited production winery. Farming practices are currently of low environmental impact but will become fully organic in the near future. Indigenous yeasts are used, except in the rare instance of a particularly challenging vintage. All wines are fermented and aged in temperature-controlled tanks with the exception of the Pinot Grigio, which is partially aged in large casks of Acacia wood. Total production for the estate is only around 3,500 cases of wine per year! The quality of these wines raises the bar for all whites from Alto Adige.

Vineyard Practices: Kofererhof is a practicing organic winery. Integrated insect and disease control is followed. The Alto Adige region supports the growers with consultants and technical staff for the monitoring of insects and diseases. The region frowns on the use of harmful products as the vineyards are located near villages and towns. To curb fungus, growers use sulfur and copper-based products. Only organic fertilizers and manure are used and cover crops between the rows of vines add additional nutrients (in the new vineyards low growing crops are sown). When needed, the soil is tilled with manure and cut up plant substance. Very low doses of added SO2 in the wines help preserve them.

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Kofererhof Kerner 2017
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Good full yellow-green. Sweet spices and white flowers along with notes of ripe pear and tangerine on the bright rich nose and in the mouth. Dense and layered, with an enticing mineral underpinning that provide further clarity and cut. The 2017 Kerner finishes long and spicy with
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Kofererhof 'Valle Isarco' Riesling 2016
94  Decanter 
Decanter 94 "Köfererhof is a tiny 5ha hectare estate in Novacella, at the foot of the Dolomites in the Isarco Valley, at between 700-800 metres above sea level. In 2016, 'the ideal night and day temperature fluctuations during the autumn provided for intense aromas and the optimal ripeness of the

Kofererhof Kerner 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Bright straw-green. Intensely aromatic nose of lemon verbena, jasmine and green apple speak of the cool year. Fresh and juicy on the palate, with lively acidity framing the spicy apple and pear flavors and carrying them through a long finish. A hint of mango emerges with aeration.

Kofererhof Kerner 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "One of the highlights in this range, the 2013 Kerner is all about balance. Jasmine, pear, mint and white peach scents lift from the glass in a perfumed, energetic wine propelled by veins of saline minerality. Finely-cut and chiseled in style, the Kerner is quite beautiful and

Kofererhof Muller Thurgau 2012
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Vinous 91 "Lime, grapefruit, mint and crushed rocks jump form the glass in the 2012 Müller Thurgau. This is one of the more chiseled, tense wines in the range. Energy and tension abound the 2012, a bright, chiseled white to drink over the next few years. - vinousmedia.com (March 2014)" ~ AG  Wine

Kofererhof 'Valle Isarco' Riesling 2012
Vinous 94 "The 2012 Riesling is simply fabulous. A wine that marries tension and richness, the Riesling impresses for its exceptional balance and pure class. All the elements come together gracefully as the wine opens up in the glass. Mint, jasmine, ripe pears and lime add the final notes of

Kofererhof Gewurztraminer 2012
94  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 94 "The 2012 Gewürztraminer is remarkable for so many reasons, including how it expresses so much textural richness while avoiding excess heaviness. Gingerbread, cloves, honey, lychee and orange peel all make an appearance in this utterly dazzling, striking wine. I especially admire

Kofererhof Muller-Thurgau 2011
89  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 89 "A soft, inviting white, the 2011 Muller-Thurgau is very much a product of the vintage. Pears, white flowers and apples are all layered into to generous, caressing finish. The 2011 is best enjoyed over the next few years."  " Colour: Straw yellow with greenish reflections Nose:

Kofererhof Kerner 2011
91  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 91 "The 2011 Kerner is quite open and radiant in this vintage, but the wine's siganture notes are very much present. White flowers, lime, crushed rocks and pears all jump from the glass in an Alto Adige white that once again impresses for its nuance and purity."  " Bottled in June

Kofererhof Gewurztraminer 2010
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "The 2010 Gewurztraminer presents an intriguing, totally beguiling intersection of the cooler, late harvest and the inherent richness of this grape. Succulent yellow peaches, mango, passion fruit, spices, dried herbs and mountain flowers are all wrapped around an energetic core of

Kofererhof Muller-Thurgau 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Green-tinged straw-yellow. An intense spicy component complements floral, white peach, coriander and mineral aromas. Clean, fresh, rich and ripe, with tropical fruit and green apple flavors that linger nicely on the minerally finish. Almost fat and sweet for a Muller, but with

Kofererhof Kerner 2010
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Bright straw-green. Rose water, green apple, nectarine and nutmeg on the captivating nose, complicated by a strong white pepper note. Enters big, dense and juicy, then turns focused and persistent, with lively acidity nicely lifting the tropical fruit and herbal flavors.

Kofererhof 'Valle Isarco' Kerner 2009
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "The 2009 Kerner bursts from the glass with an exciting array of mint, flowers, passion fruit and crushed rocks. This is a beautiful, vivid white that takes shape in the glass, continuing to show off its remarkable class. A textured, creamy finish rounds things out in style. The

Kofererhof 'Valle Isarco' Muller-Thurgau 2008
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "The 2008 Muller Thurgau is one of the more understated wines in the lineup. Sweet, perfumed aromatics lead to a mineral-infused core of fruit. The Muller Thurgau possesses terrific length and fine overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2011.  Kofererhof is located in Valle

Kofererhof 'Valle Isarco' Kerner 2008
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "The 2008 Kerner flows with the essence of passion fruit, lime, honey and jasmine. The expansive, generous style suggests notes of botrytis-like sweetness that add wonderful complexity. The 2008 is an especially rich, generous vintage for this wine. This is a gorgeous effort from

Kofererhof Gewurztraminer 2005
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The estates 2005 Gewurztraminer reveals incredible depth, purity and focus in its minerally, varietal fruit, with superb length and a finish that lasts forever. It is a terrific effort. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2009. I was delighted to discover the wines of Kofererhof during a