Peter Dipoli’s wines are more an expression of a specific terroir than they are reflections of a grape variety. This pure Sauvignon Blanc, for example, is a striking translation of the breathtaking place where it is grown: the steep mountainsides of Alto Adige, nestled high in Italy’s Dolomites. Alto Adige has a truly special climate; few other places can boast Mediterranean plants like olive trees and lemons growing before a backdrop of Alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks. Peter Dipoli found this high-altitude site, with its curious amalgam of climates, to be perfect for crafting a great terroir-driven wine. The Sauvignon ripens fully here while retaining a pinpoint acidity and slicing minerality from the limestone soils, and the unusual wood treatment— fermentation and aging in large acacia casks—brings out aromatics unique to this mountain Sauvignon. A delicious companion to cuisine from northern Italy and beyond, the Voglar also has surprising aging potential.
Peter Dipoli represents one of the wine world’s pure talents, a pioneer in Alto Adige who is producing wines on a level beyond what anyone thought possible in this mountainous region. After much research, Peter determined that the steep, high-altitude slopes near Bolzano were ideal for producing age-worthy white and red wines. He began with Sauvignon Blanc: at this altitude, Sauvignon attains great ripeness while retaining the acidity that would allow it to age in bottle. Peter’s research led him to detect a zone with a milder climate and soils of clay and limestone, ideal for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Experience the unique artistry of one of Italy's great talents, a secret largely guarded within Italy's borders, until now.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch