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Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco

Nov 7, 2011
Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco
An Italian red and white to spice up your fall festivities.

pinot_nero_and_biancoThe sniffing stage of the "swirl-sniff-sip" process during wine tasting is possibly the most beguiling aspect, especially when it comes to the aromatic grapes of Alto Adige. Take for instance Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero, both olfactory delights.

In this region, where both Italian and German are spoken, Pinot Nero is also called Blauburgunder. Pinot Nero has been grown in Alto Adige (aka Südtirol) since the mid-nineteenth century. When planted in vineyards of medium elevation, Pinot Nero reaches full potential and often resembles its Burgundian kin, Pinot Noir. Heady aromas of dark berries, spice, earth, minerals, and sometimes a hint of smoke, waft from the glass. Delicious with winter roasts and stews, Pinot Nero can be enjoyed young but if you can spare a few bottles to cellar, these wines develop enticing black truffle and mushroom notes.

Pinot Bianco, also called Weissburgunder, has also been planted in the region since the 1850’s. Alto Adige winemakers use oak very sparingly to preserve the variety’s freshness and fruitiness. A swirl will give you enticing whiffs of apples, peaches, and almonds. It is an endlessly pretty wine that makes for playful food pairings. Light-bodied Pinot Biancos sing with subtly spiced Asian dishes, while fuller, more unctuous styles match well with ham or turkey.

In any language, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero from Alto Adige express the individuality of this Alpine wine region and are musts for autumn celebrations. Try a bottle or two today!




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