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Birds of a Feather

Alsace & Alto Adige

by Tom Wolf

Buy this collection 4 bottles

Manni Nössing’s vines

Buy this collection 4 bottles

Buy this collection 4 bottles

Manni Nössing’s vines
Manni Nössing’s vines

Less than an hour from the Italy-Austria border, amid a terrain you might mistake for the setting of The Sound of Music, Manni Nössing cultivates a few hectares of white grapes that have historical importance in both countries. Dating back to the nineteenth century in the Valle Isarco, Sylvaner is the valley’s leading grape today, having adapted extremely well to the high elevation, cool temperatures, and prime sunlight the steep and terraced vines receive during the long summer days. These conditions also lend themselves well to Riesling, giving the variety a more chiseled and stony expression than you might find from vines planted closer to sea level or in warmer climates. Both Manni’s Sylvaner and Riesling bottlings are exquisite, crisp, and zingy expressions of one of Italy’s most beautiful mountainous terroirs.
     Just twenty miles west of the Rhine River, which divides France and Germany, Félix Meyer and Jean Boxler have, for decades, helped put Alsace on the map as its own serious source of world-class Riesling and Sylvaner, as well as half a dozen other grape varieties. Félix’s Oolithe cuvée comes from a special oolitic limestone composed of tiny, spherical sediments, which yield an ample and expressive Sylvaner with notes of pear, stones, and jasmine. Jean’s Riesling Réserve, meanwhile, comes solely from the famed Dudenstein section of grand cru Sommerberg in the 2020 vintage, which explains how this blanc is simultaneously so electric, precise, and majestic, despite Jean foregoing the grand cru classification on the label. A mesmerizing spectrum of flavors—honey, Meyer lemon, and peach, to name a few—comes in a gorgeously sculpted frame. This cuvée shows why Jean is among the best Riesling vignerons not just in France, but anywhere.

2021 Südtirol Eisacktaler Sylvaner

Manni Nössing

Italy |  Alto Adige

Discount Eligible $30.00
AT CART MAX

2021 Südtirol Eisacktaler Riesling

Manni Nössing

Italy |  Alto Adige

Discount Eligible $30.00
AT CART MAX

2020 Sylvaner “Oolithe”

Meyer-Fonné

France |  Alsace

Discount Eligible $49.00
AT CART MAX

2020 Riesling “Réserve”

Albert Boxler

France |  Alsace

Discount Eligible $68.00
AT CART MAX

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