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Italy - Pinot Noir - Foudre (big wood)

Italy - Pinot Noir - Foudre (big wood)

Italy: You're exploring the Italian Alps - Alto Adige, Aosta and Valtellina.
When grown with care and passion, Pinot Noir is a fabulous and food friendly red. We have world class "cold climate" Pinot Noir from winemakers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Truly unique ones, too.
The "Grosses Holz" (in German) or "Foudre" (in French) is the traditional large barrel. In our regions most wines are finished in a big barrel. Wineries will keep them for decades, sometimes generations. They offer textured surface and micro air exchange of barrels - the texture of wood without the flavour of wood. A large foudre is a phenomenal expense - they have to be mounted on site.

The Alpine regions of Italy are a treasure trove of ancient grape variety and delicious wines. Ignore at your peril

Valtellina is the home of steep vineyards and the most interesting Nebbiolo anywhere. Aosta has a diversity of varieties rarely seen on such a small territory. And of course Alto Adige is the home of Lagrein, Traminer, and so much more.

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  • Pinot Nero DOC Kellerei Kurtatsch

    Excellent Alto Adige Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir has many other names, some of which may offer clues as to its origin - Blauburgunder, Bourguinon, Morillon and Savagnin Noir. It probably originates in France but there are many other theories which have it coming from Egypt, Italy and Germany.

The genealogy of Pinot is hugely impressive with a wide number of well known grapes coming from it particularly through its crossings with Gouais Blanc and Savagnin (not Sauvignon which are children of this crossing).

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