WINE OF THE MONTH
MANNI NOSSING winery
2014, ALTO ADIGE VALLEY, ITALY (sustainable)
$13 GLASS/$52 BOTTLE
Originally believed to be a clone of Riesling and Sylvaner, this Muller Thurgau is a decisive, intense wine, with plenty of saline minerality buffering the bright citrus and floral notes. Lime, pear, jasmine and slate inform the powerful, intense finish. Here, too the balance of fruit and acidity is superb. Great with Asian inspired cuisine.
The region Alto Adige—or Südtirol, as it is also known—does not seem Italian. The street names are primarily German, you are more likely to come across sausage and sauerkraut on a menu than tomatoes and basil, and your phone calls are more likely to be answered by an assertive “Hallo?” than a melodic “Pronto!” It is here in Bressanone (a.k.a. Brixen), less than twenty miles south of the Austrian border, that Manni Nössing runs his small winery amid the towering peaks of the Dolomites. Manni’s vineyards benefit from the mountain climate and steep slopes of glacial deposit that make up the Valle Isarco, the narrow valley to the northeast of Bolzano that is known for its fresh, aromatic whites. Only 500 cases produced.
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