In “Italy, Alto Adige: New Releases from the Vertical Slopes of the Dolomites,” Monica Larner reviews:
94+ points | RACHTL Sauvignon Riserva 2015
The 2015 Alto Adige Sauvignon Blanc Rachtl is a mid-weight wine that could be considered full-bodied on the Sauvignon Blanc spectrum. The tangy, semi-aromatic variety rarely shows more richness and body than you get here. The wine opens to a pale gold appearance with fragrant aromas of stone fruit, candied peach, saffron, wild sage and lemon curd. This is a wonderful expression that makes a lasting and elegant impression on all the senses. Smoke, licorice and flint appear as delicate background notes.
94 points | Vigna AU Chardonnay Riserva 2015
This is an important, full-bodied Chardonnay from Alto Adige in the far north of Italy. The 2015 Alto Adige Chardonnay Vigna Au delivers oak-driven notes of toasted almond and pine nut in front of apricot, preserved lemon and saffron. It is never too heavy or overdone. Those cool-climate mountain influences render clean contours and sharp edges that give focus and crispness to the entire presentation. This is a first-class Italian Chardonnay. Only 4,400 bottles were made. Most winemaking steps are executed in accordance with the lunar cycle.
93 points | LINTICLARUS Lagrein Riserva 2015
The Tiefenbrunner 2015 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Lintictarus is a classic expression of the grape with thick intensity, dark lines and lots of succulent fruit at its core. There is a note of sweet plum and prune with spice and Spanish cedar. This Lagrein Riserva is soft and plush on the finish and otherwise void of that sourness or bitterness you sometimes get with this grape. This is one of the best Lagreins you can find on the market today.
93 points | LINTICLARUS Pinot Noir Riserva 2015
This warm-vintage Pinot Noir is a striking and very likable expression. You get the varietal purity of the grape with wild berries, dried raspberries and violets. On the other, you get a sharp and delineated personality that comes directly from these cool, high-altitude growing conditions. The 2015 Alto Adige Pinot Noir Riserva Linticlarus sees partial (20%) whole-cluster fermentation with 12 months in barrique (of which 35% is new) and an additional six months in large oak casks.
91 points | ANNA Pinot Bianco 2016
The 2016 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Anna is showing beautifully right now. The bouquet opens to stone fruit, pear and Golden Delicious apple, but it also shows grounded aromas of crushed oystershell and saffron. The bouquet is fluid and generous. Some 13,000 bottles were made in this classic vintage. Half the wine is aged in stainless steel, and the other half sees a brief aging on the lees in oak barrel. These steps help to set the aromatic intensity of the wine and the richness of its mouthfeel, respectively.