Pinot Noir 2019 – Alois Lageder.
Pinot Noir is one of the varieties that thrive in Northern Italy, especially in Alto Adige. The sheltered vineyards and favorable climate have shown that great Pinot Noirs can be produced here. One of the wineries that does this successfully is Alois Lageder. Today we are reviewing one of their 2019 Pinot Noirs.
About the Winery
We visited Alois Lageder last summer and where impressed by both their white and red wines. The winery works with a biodynamical focus, producing wines from bought grapes (from 90 partner wine growers) as well as their own grapes.
Pinot Noir is an important variety in their red wine section, which is divided in three categories: Classical Grape Varieties, Compositions and Masterpieces. In all categories Lageder produces a Pinot Noir. This wine belongs to the first line. The other ones are Mimuèt (Composition) and Krafuss (Masterpieces).
About the Wine
This Classic Pinot Noir comes from a variety of vineyards around Pochi, Appiano and Cortaccia. The vineyards can be found at 350-400 meters above sea level, the soil consisting mainly of sand and clay, enriched with chalk. The vines are between 16-51 years of age and farmed biodynamically.
The wine is processed in stainless steel and ages for 12 months in a mixture of oak barrels and concrete vats.
In the glass a ruby red colour accompanied by a fruity and mineral nose that boosts red berries, cherry and freshness. On the palette a light and fruit driven wine with a medium body and low alcohol level (11%). The aftertaste is soft and tender. A wine that should be enjoyed young, reaching its maximum potential in the first 5 years.
In conclusion: Fresh, fruity and tender. Ready to drink and easy to read. Drinking this Pinot Noir a little chilled will even increase the joy you get from it.
Taste date: July 2022
Score: 90/100 DWA Score
Website: Alois Lageder