2010 St Michael Eppan, Riesling “Montiggl” Alto Adige DOC, Italy.
This wonderful Sudtirol Riesling is bursting with flavor, intensity and class and shows just how good these Alto Adige whites can be, especially Riesling in this mountainous alpine region of northern Italy. The 2010 St Michael Eppan is vibrant and vivid with electric energy and focus with dry crispness and tangy fruit at the core of this well crafted wine. Mouth watering acidity, zesty citrus highlight the mineral and spicy elements, but there is complexity and depth here too, making for an age worthy Riesling of merit, it should go 10 to 20 years no problem, gaining interest along the way and rewards for the patient sort that can cellar wines. I doubt I could, because this tasty Riesling is so charming now with floral aromatics, lemon, lime and stone fruits, crushed stones and glorious purity in it’s fresh youth with hints of white tea, mint and apricot adding to the mix. This is lovely wine that has it’s of terroir markers and identity that deserves attention.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
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