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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava 2012 Product #27353 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Schiava 2012

Schiava (also called Vernatsch or Trollinger) was actually the region’s most planted grape for many years – with 60% of total vineyard area – until Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay began to supplant it.  That’s too bad, because the light, crisp, and juicy red wines this local grape makes are fun to drink and pair well with a wide range of foods.

Reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of Alto Adige, the Schiava grape is called “Kalterersee” in the local dialect of the region around Lake Caldaro.  Grapes for this beauty grew on loamy, limestone gravel soils at 230-450 meters above the Lake and were fermented and aged entirely in tank. A delicious farmhouse red, loaded with red berry fruit, a hint of smoke, and a bright gentle finish.  Kind of like a ripe Chinon (but without the herbal notes), this is delicious with a light chill and shines with everyday foods and cured meats.  Great value, too.

Regular Price (1) Price : $10.99/ea
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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Grigio 2012 Product #27296 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Grigio 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Grigio 2012

What a roll these guys are on!  The past two vintages of this gutsy Pinot Grigio earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, bragging rights as the best <$20 Grigio we know of, and our Chain Bridge Cellars Selection sticker.  The 2012?  Better than ever!

Once again, it's a Pinot Grigio for folks who like actual flavor in their crisp, refreshing, whites.  As in the past, lovely aromas and flavors of ripe pear, crisp apple, peach, and tangerine here with an extra layer of complexity from notes of melon, blanched almond, and a lovely floral element.  A tad richer and fuller than in the past, but just as mouthwatering and salty-mineral on the juicy, fresh, finish.  Just lovely, great value, stuff.

Regular Price (1) Price : $14.99/ea
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Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011 Product #27692 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011 Kellerei Kaltern Chardonnay Wadleith 2011

This is the kind of wine that challenges preconceptions, especially if you think "foothills of the Dolomites" means "cool climate wines."  In fact, there's plenty of warmth in the region around Bolzano, which makes it possible to grow some pretty captivating Chardonnay - if you're careful.  The growers of Kelleri Kaltern plant the fruit for this wine on chalky gravel (Chardonnay loves chalk!) in windy crevices of the mountains.  The breeze keeps the fruit healthy and lets the fruit hang until late in the season, developing plenty of sugar and complex, ripe, flavors.  Whole cluster pressing, fermentation in steel, and aging about 30% in large casks preserves freshness and adds complexity.

The result is a ripe-smelling Chardonnay with generous tropical fruit framed with notes of vanilla, butter, and smoke.  Full and creamy on the palate where the fruit and hazelnut flavors coat your mouth, there's plenty of bright acidity to keep things fresh.  Tastes much more expensive than even the reasonable regular price!

Regular Price (1) Price : $19.99/ea
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Kellerei Kaltern Rosenmuskateller Moscato Rosa 2012 Product #27694 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Rosenmuskateller Moscato Rosa 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Rosenmuskateller Moscato Rosa 2012

Yup –pink Moscato.  The “rose Moscato” grape mutation originates in Sicily but has found a home in the warm nooks and crannies of Alto Adige’s mountains, too.  It's a true "labor of love" grape to grow - prone to disease and very low-yielding, it's hard to get enough crop to make any money off of it.  But, get this pink-berried grape ripe, give it a soak on the skins, and stop the fermentation early and you've got a cherry, strawberry, even grapy mouthful of fun.  A lovely wine to finish a fine meal - or enjoy at brunch with poppyseed strudel!

Regular Price (1) Price : $18.99/ea
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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Vial 2012 Product #27763 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Vial 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Vial 2012

Not sure what's in the water these days at this excellent co-op in the Alto Adige, but we know what's in the bottle - a LOT of quality for the money.  This is a stunning Pinot Blanc, bursting with crisp green and yellow fruit with juicy acids and a firm, focused, mineral finish.  More so even than its appealing, subtle, refreshing aromas and flavors, the texture and balance here is what is really impressive.  Occupying that perfect middle ground between a light quaffer like Muscadet and a more serious, richer oaked Chardonnay, this is perhaps the ultimate wine to pair with any crab dish, but impossible to resist on its own.

Regular Price (1) Price : $16.99/ea
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Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Lagrein 2012 Product #28228 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Lagrein 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Lagrein 2012

Lagrein is sort of the Dolcetto of Alto Adige, the bold but flexible everyday red that pairs perfectly with cheese, sausage and savory main courses.  This one's a beauty, ripe and dark and loaded with earthy cherry and plum fruit and bitter chocolate notes.  The texture is generous and round- making it a nice sipper - but bright acidity and fine tannins let it shine at table. Delicious and fine value!

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Kellerei Kaltern Muller Thurgau 2012 Product #27693 (In Stock)
Kellerei Kaltern Muller Thurgau 2012 Kellerei Kaltern Muller Thurgau 2012

It's way too easy for Muller-Thurgau - a Swiss crossing of Riesling with table grape Madeleine Royale - to be a ripe, flabby, mess. But, keep your yields low, let the fruit ripen fully, and take great care in winemaking, and you get something like this mouthwatering, fresh, beauty!  Generous aromas of grapefruit, peach, nutmeg and herb lead to mouthwatering flavors of citrus and stone fruit with a dash of mroe herb and spice.  Delicious by itself and a great match for seafood or any dish with plenty of fresh herb.

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