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Wines of the Week

Each week, we select a few wines from our shop for a 10% discount and some spotlight as to why we think they're so great!

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Trentino-Alto Adige is Italy's northernmost wine region, located on the Austrian border, composed of two provinces - Trentino which is almost entirely Italian speaking, and Alto Adige which has a predominantly German speaking population.  Production was once dominated by the local Lagrein and Schiava grape varieties, but now white wines account for more volume.  The climate defies what might be expected in an alpine region straddling the 46th parallel.  The valley floors heat up very quickly on summer mornings, sending warm air up into the vineyard-lined slopes.  Along with the bright alpine sunshine, this results in rich, ripe wine styles.  The soils are largely alluvial and colluvial deposits, that are very free draining and mineral rich.

J. Hofstatter was founded in 1907 by Josef and Maria Hofstatter, and is now operated by Martin Foradori Hofstatter who took over from his parents in 1992.  They have exceptional vineyard sites throughout southern Alto Adige, located at elevations ranging from 250 to 850 meters above sea level with a variety of soils ranging from clay, gravel, sand, and porphyry to limestone and slate, all farmed sustainably.  

2022 J. Hofstatter Weissburgunder, Alto Adige, Italy - The Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) is sourced from vineyards composed of light marl, which warm up quickly during spring.  It shows straw yellow color with fresh aromas of peach, combined with apple and pear, followed by an elegant and zesty palate, with a round mouthfeel and hints of nuts on the finish.  A great accompaniment to baked fish dishes, fried chicken, as well as creamy cheeses.

2022 J. Hofstatter 'Meczan' Pinot Nero, Alto Adige, Italy  - Pinot Noir has been successfully cultivated in Trentino-Alto Adige since the beginning of the 19th century, most notably in the high plateau in Mazon.  The Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) is sourced from vineyards composed of a mixture of clay, lime and eroded porphyry  It displays a bright ruby color with garnet reflexes, and a fresh bouquet of woodland berries and cherry, followed by a balanced palate with luscious fruit and hints of sap.  It pairs well with roasted poultry or game, pasta with meat sauce, and aged goat cheeses.

2021 J. Hofstatter Lagrein, Alto Adige, Italy - The Lagrein is sourced from vineyards composed of clay and gravel soils.  The wine is full, bright ruby, almost black in color with aromas of spice, violet, and berry fruits, assertive but supple tannins on the palate, with a full, broad, and velvety mouthfeel, with a round finish of subtle spice and lifting acidity.  A great accompaniment to speck and salumi, red meats, venison, and aged cheeses.

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