Italian White Wines for Spring

Wines to expand your horizons, from the land of vines


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2011 Alois Lageder Muller Thurgau Dolomiti IT 12.5% $15

While not an indigenous variety per se, Muller Thurgau is in fact a Swiss cross of Riesling with the decidedly obscure Madeleine Royale developed in 1882. Interestingly, Madeleine Royale, a very early ripening table grape, is in fact a cross of Pinot Noir and Schiava, another grape deeply associated with Italy’s Alto Adige region. Muller Thurgau is widely planted in Germany, where it’s known as Rivaner, but many of the best examples come from the Alto Adige, where they produce lovely summer whites, full of floral aromatics and decidedly fruity flavors of peaches, tropical fruits and green herbs.  

Quite fruity on the nose with layers of peach, kiwi, chamomile and wild flower aromas and just a hint of maraschino cherry. Light weight and fresh in the mouth, this brings lightly peachy flavors to the table wrapped up in lightly nutty and floral suggestions. There’s a hint of green herb and citrus on the back end, which leads to a relatively long if simple and acid-driven finish. Simple and refreshing. 86 points


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