Cantina Bolzano: Unparalleled Pinot Grigio and an Unforgettable Lagrein

I made quite a few discoveries during my time with the Alto Adige tour this week.  One of my favorite new producers is a co-operative winery in Bolzano called Cantina Bolzano.  The winery has access to the grapes of over 200 tiny growers’ estates, ensuring they can select the very highest-quality fruit.

The result is a collection of wines that speak for themselves…

The Pinot Grigio from Cantina Bolzano is bright, full of zippy acidity and a stunning minerality. The vineyards are perched almost 2,000 feet above sea level!  I loved the aromatics as well- white flowers, a hint of metallic graphite and a lovely tone of citrus peel and apple skins.

Cantina Bolzano’s Lagrein, Taber is also beautiful- full of that animal grit so typical of the varietal.   The fruit is black and blue: really strong blackberry and blueberry with a touch of black currant.

This wine is a beast!  Grippy tannins, iron and meaty earthiness on the nose.  This is a Lagrein to pair with your most serious meat dishes, speck, or a nice hot plate of Alto Adige’s famous bacon- filled dumplings.

Who doesn’t like a bacon-filled dumpling?