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2012 Alto Adige Sauvignon “Voglar”

Peter Dipoli

2012 Alto Adige Sauvignon “Voglar” Peter Dipoli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
When drinking Peter Dipoli’s wines, it is not unusual to forget the grape variety in question and instead revel in the awe-inspiring site that gave birth to these creations.Hundreds of meters above the valley floor in the Dolomites of Alto Adige, these vineyards offer all the right conditions for the making of a grande vino: elevation, slope, exposure, and soils of clay and limestone that yield low quantities of characterful, concentrated fruit. In Peter’s cellar, vinification is a means of bringing out the most of the terroir in order to capture the beauty of the site in bottle. Natural yeasts transform grapes to wine, then both white and red see a healthy dose of wood for a lengthy aging period. The intense, structured nectar can easily digest it. For Voglar, large acacia botti provide a roundness and completeness to the bracing, mineral alpine fruit.. Dipoli’s creations represent unique interpretations of both grape and terroir, and offer a compelling taste of the Dolomites young and old.

Anthony Lynch

$32.00
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Alto Adige
Country: Italy
Region: Alto Adige
Producer: Peter Dipoli
Winemaker: Peter Dipoli
Vineyard: Planted in 1990
Soil: Chalky, dolomite, limestone
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Alto Adige

In the heart of the Dolomites, Alto Adige is Italy’s northernmost wine region. Having changed hands multiples times in its history between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire (it shares a border with Austria), it boasts strong Germanic influence on its culture, language, cuisine, as well as its wines.

The mountainous geography is the principal determinant of local winemaking styles, with the high-altitude vineyards and cool Alpine climate favoring primarily crisp, racy, aromatic whites from varieties like Kerner, Sauvignon, Müller Thurgau, and Grüner Veltliner. A Mediterranean influence on climate is channeled north up the valley until Bolzano, permitting the cultivation of certain reds as well, among which Schiava, Lagrein, Pinot Nero, and Merlot fare best.

Small growers who once sold fruit to the area’s multiple co-ops are now increasingly bottling their own wines. The arrival of many quality-oriented artisans on the scene caught our eye years ago, and we now count three estates from Südtirol, as it is also known, in our portfolio. These high-acid mountain wines make for a beautifully invigorating aperitivo with thinly sliced speck, a local specialty.

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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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