Pinot Noir has a fairly long history in the Alto Adige where it is grown at altitude, producing light styled wines with layers of raspberry and cherry fruit, mineral notes and a fine autumnal herb edge. The combination of cool night and lots of sunshine allows the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, producing wines with remarkable purity of flavor and transparency of texture.
The king of red wines in the Alto Adige, Lagrein tends to produce wines that are medium to medium-full in body, rich with bright berry and plum fruit all draped on a balanced structure built on minerally acidity and supple tannins. These are wines that age well, though they are not meant for long cellaring. Enjoy them at their best some five to ten years after the vintage.
A unique dessert wine, Moscato Rosa produce red wines full of muscaty floral and spice notes. Typically produced as a moderately sweet dessert wine, Moscato Rosa ages surprisingly well, gaining complexity with five to ten years in the bottle. A great companion to nut-based dessert and bittersweet chocolate.
Also worthy of mention are the aforementioned Muller-Thurgau and Schiava, as well as many Cabernet and Merlot based wines produced in the region. Still, there is so much to discover in the Alto Adige that tasting more Cabernet and Merlot based wines, however grand they might be, doesn’t get me particularly excited.