THURSDAY'S THRILL - Abbazia di Novacella 2016 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

Why wait to thank God it's Friday?! Start one day early with this delicious and refreshing Italian mountain wine.

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THE WINE

Abbazia di Novacella 2016 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige

(Average Retail Price $20)

 

WHAT'S COOL ABOUT THE WINERY

 Alto Adige wine region is just south of the Austrian border. 

Alto Adige wine region is just south of the Austrian border. 

  • Abbazia di Novacella is located in Alto Adige, a 3,000 year old alpine winemaking area at Italy's northernmost point. Many diverse peoples settled and influenced the region during the course of time and there are now three official languages spoken here today: Italian, German and Ladin (the language of the Dolomites).

 

  • This mountainous region has terraced vineyards planted up to 2,200 feet above sea level against a dramatic background of snow-capped Dolomite mountains. The soil for the wines is mainly granitic schist created by ancient glaciers.

 

 Photo courtesy of  Wine And Travel Italy

Photo courtesy of Wine And Travel Italy

  • Founded and still operated by Augustianian monks, Abbazia di Novacella is one of the oldest wineries in the world with 850+ years of winemaking.

 

  • Famous for crisp, pure, and mineral-driven whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Kerner, Sylvaner, and Gewürztraminer), the estate also receives acclaim for its aromatic Pinot Nero and other “formidable reds” like Lagrein and Schiava (Wine and Spirits Magazine). 

 

  • Abbazia di Novacella practices organic farming.

 

TASTING NOTES 

Color: Darker than expected for a Pinot Grigio, with a brilliant straw yellow, almost golden, color.

Aroma: One whiff and you'll be hooked! The smell of citrus fruits, peach, and honeydew melon will draw you in and lead your lips to the glass.

Palate: Medium-bodied with a round and slightly creamy texture and a mouthwatering, fresh fruitiness that ends in a pleasing, slightly bitter, long finish. Notes of green apples, peaches, pears, and herbs.

FOOD PAIRING IDEAS

Alto Adige wines are very food friendly. I had the Abbazia di Novacella with a strong Limburger cheese and it went brilliantly! You can sip on this wine as an aperitif, or pair it with any of the following:  fennel and orange salad, fondue, pasta, grilled sea bass, marinated squid salad, poultry dishes or Roast Pork Loin With Apples.

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FIND IT HERE

In NYC: Try Astor Wine, Some Good Wine and Nolita Wine Merchants. Outside of Manhattan? Go to wine-searcher.com to find the wine near you or where to order online. And don't forget to ask for Abbazia di Novacella in your favorite restaurant.

OTHER PRODUCERS TO KNOW:

There are many beautiful Alto Adige wines worth seeking out. Some of my favorites include:

Cheers!