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The white Kerner grape has been around since 1929, when a German grape breeder created a cross between Riesling and Schiava (see below). Its name honors Justinus Kerner, a medical doctor and poet whose work featured prominent wine references. Today, Kerner grows in Germany and Austria but truly thrives in Alto Adige’s northernmost subregion, a narrow Alpine valley known as the Valle Isarco. Nössing’s rendition is pure as a breath of brisk mountain air, with a crystalline stoniness recalling one thousand jagged Dolomite peaks.
|Appellation:||Alto Adige – Valle Isarco|
|Vineyard:||2-15 years,2.5 ha|
|Aging:||Controlled-temperature fermentation in stainless steel vats lasts about 10-12 days|
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.
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