Manni Nossing

"Manni Nössing is a producer Doug discovered several years ago in Italy, whose wines he has since been drinking and coveting for years. Manni proved to be very elusive--it took years to track him down and then have him sell us some wine.

He produces a tiny amount (6 wines and 2,500 cases total), from only 5 hectares of vines located in Brixen (Bresanone). They are situated northeast of Bolzano, in the Isarco Valley or Val d'Isarco (Eisacktaler DOC designation), a sector that favors Kerner (and Veltliner, Sylvaner). He had previously only sold his wines in Italy. Manni's first vintage was in 2000, before which he sold his grapes to the co-op of Abbazia di Novacella.

The vineyards are parceled out into many smaller pieces of varying elevation, exposition and slope. The grapes are all picked by hand for optimal ripeness and balance between sugar and acid. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged on the lees for 8 months before bottling. Given the small scale of the operation, the micro-management of the vineyards, and the extended aging on the lees, the wines show a concentration, precision, minerality, texture and balance that is riveting and sets them apart from most of what is produced in the exciting, though certainly underrated region of the Alto Adige/Sudtirol.

Kerner has its roots in Germany, where it is now the third most widely planted white varietal. Like Müller Thurgau and Scheurebe, Kerner is made from a cross with Riesling and the red grape Trollinger, also called Schiava Grossa. Nossing's Kerner is his biggest production wine, about 10,000 bottles. The Veltliner is super rare, not only for him (about 3,000 bottles), but also in Italy with only 15 hectares planted in all of the country!"

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Manni Nossing Kerner 2016
"Brilliant silvery-green in color, this wine is amazingly fragrant with notes of fresh apricot and pear. On the palate, stunning mineral notes give this wine freshness and verve. Pure as starlight, amazingly elegant, and very rare. Until very recently, Manni Nossing's wines were available only in

Manni Nossing Gruner Veltliner 2015
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"Welcome to the Valle Isarco, Italy’s northernmost wine district before the border with Austria, a country celebrated for its fine Gruner Veltliners. Yet Manni Nössing’s Veltliner, grown at 700 meters above sea level, could give many an Austrian wine a run for its money. Manni's Grüner Veltliner

Manni Nossing Kerner 2015
"Brilliant silvery-green in color, this wine is amazingly fragrant with notes of fresh apricot and pear. On the palate, stunning mineral notes give this wine freshness and verve. Pure as starlight, amazingly elegant, and very rare. Until very recently, Manni Nossing's wines were available only in

Manni Nossing Kerner 2014
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"Brilliant silvery-green in color, this wine is amazingly fragrant with notes of fresh apricot and pear. On the palate, stunning mineral notes give this wine freshness and verve. Pure as starlight, amazingly elegant, and very rare. Until very recently, Manni Nossing's wines were available only in

Manni Nossing Kerner 2013
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2013 Kerner is one of the better wines in the lineup. White pepper, mint, wild flowers and stone fruits are all pushed forward in a high-toned, aromatically expressive wine with lovely depth. Here, too, varietal flavors are a bit blurred. The 2013 offers good overall depth to

Manni Nossing Kerner 2012
94  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 94 "The 2012 Kerner captures the essence of what makes Alto Adige and the Valle Isarco in particular, so compelling. A deeply mineral, intense wine, the 2012 saturates the palate with slate, wet rocks, lime, grapefruit and hints of petrol. Magnificent and layered, but also tightly