The Hedonistic Taster
Italian Alpine Wines – Alois Lageder
by L.M. Archer
Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format to share industry trade samples with you.
Today’s Wine Tasting:
Wines by Alois Lageder of Alto Adige.
Founded in 1823, Alois Lageder produces organic and biodynamic wines in northern Italy’s alpine region of Alto Adige.
With a tag line: “Cultivating nature as a habit of life” the family honors a multi-generational commitment to environmental responsibility.
In addition, Alois Lageder recently added a new label, Terra Alpina – wines sourced from the Dolomites.
All of these wines vibrate with energy, purity and precision – plus astounding quality-for-value.
No brainer. You need these wines. They touch a nerve with their verve.
Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.
Wine: Alois Lageder Fórra Manzoni Bianco* – Vigneti della Dolomiti
(*A cross between Riesling and Pinot Bianco developed by Professor Luigi Manzoni in the 1930’s.)
Suggested Retail: $ 31
Robe: Clear straw color.
Nose: Crushed rock, stone fruit, yellow wildflower aromas.
Palate: ‘Fórro’ means ‘gorge,’ the source for the fruit used to make this wine. Grown in Paradeis Vineyard, the site perches near a gorge carved out of dolomite rock by the river Fennerbach. This wine freestyles between flinty, tensile nerve and intoxicating, yellow alpine flower finesse. RIveting.
Wine: Porer Pinot Grigio – Südtirol – Alto Adige
Suggested Retail: $ 26
Robe: Amber-gold robe.
Nose: High-altitude scree, golden apple, pear aromas.
Palate: Light body, electric acids, lingering finish. Savory, energetic core. Brilliant.
Wine: Alois Lageder Müller Thurgau* – Valle Isarco, Alto Adige
(*A cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created by Swiss botanist/oenologist Hermann Müller in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau.)
Suggested Retail: $ 18
Robe: Clear straw color with tiny green flecks.
Nose: White flowers, gala apple, slight back note of some sort of baking spice.
Palate: Pleasant, well-balanced quaffer with a clean finish.
Wine: Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco by Alois Legeder – Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT
Suggested Retail: $ 15
Robe: Pale straw robe.
Nose: Dusty white rocks, yellow flowers, gooseberry and pear aromas.
Palate: Light body. Saline/citrus attack, gooseberry and white florals mid-palate, herbaceous finish. Pristine on the palate, with an elegant texture. Sublime.
Wine: Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio by Alois Legeder –Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT
Suggested Retail: $ 16
Robe: Clear lemon robe.
Nose: Yellow fruit, flowers, pear aromas.
Palate: Lemon zest/pear attack, mineral mid-palate, tropical fruit (pineapple) finish. Light body, zesty acids, seamless structure. Superb quality for value. Vivid.
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