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2019 Alto Adige Merlot-Cabernet Franc

Peter Dipoli
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Brenntal is Peter Dipoli’s second and newest red Bordeaux blend from the mountainous Alto Adige region. These unexpected beauties tread a bit softer than their famous counterparts while maintaining structure and showiness: Merlot and Cabernet Franc born from such high altitudes display classic cedar, graphite, and black cherry notes, but with smooth, velvety tannins that bely the bottle’s youthful age. This is a perfect choice for your next steak dinner—whether meat, mushroom, or both!

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Alto Adige
Country: Italy
Region: Alto Adige
Producer: Peter Dipoli
Winemaker: Peter Dipoli
Vineyard: Planted in 1998, .44 ha
Soil: Clay, limestone
Aging: Malolactic takes place in smaller barrels, and the wine is then aged in barrel for about 12 months (in 50% new oak)
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Alto Adige

map of 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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