Country: Italy Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Varietal: Pinot Grigio Vintage: 2021
Category: White Wine Style: Dry
Producer: Franz Haas
Since its founding in 1880, the estate has remained family-run, passed down from father to son through generations with every firstborn Franz Haas. The Franz we met (#8) has managed to carry his family’s quality torch and then some (we particularly love the label designs by artist Riccardo Schweizer, whose distinct style comes from his time painting with Picasso, Chagall, and Cocteau).
Franz’s name is synonymous with Alto Adige, and his estate wines have become the paragon of cool-climate, high-altitude terroir in Italy. According to The Wine Advocate,
Franz’s vineyards are planted between 350 and 1,150 meters above sea level—the highest in the region due to the family’s shrewd foresight and subsequent acquisitions. That altitude, along with four months of extended lees-aging is to thank for all that alpine zing and rounded complexity.
Tasting Notes: This wine draws you in instantly with a fresh aromatic bouquet of acacia, sage, and hay aromas, followed closely by honeyed sandalwood notes. The palate follows suit, with the welcome addition of juicy lime blossom, lemon, and savory almond minerality on the progressively round finish.
Food Suggestion: Drink with richly sauced poultry or try a monkfish recipe prepared with some cured meat like Parma ham.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.5