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Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2022 750ml
SKU: 10072419

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2022

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Category White Wine
Origin Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige
Brand Abbazia di Novacella
Alcohol/vol 14%

#70 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023

The color is pale straw yellow with green hues, red apple and peach fruit on the nose with a hint of mango. Ripe and full on the palate, its opulence cut by crisp acidity.

Located in the town of Novacella in the Isarco River Valley, Abbazia was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular. The Augustians are not monks in the sense that you may be familiar with: they have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors; but they also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking, but also farms apples and vegetables, and there is a small school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey’s reputation as a winery is stellar and international. In 2009, Italy’s influential Gambero Rosso named Celestino Lucin, the abbey’s enologist, Winemaker of the Year.

The estate has long been known for producing world class white wines with a tremendous price/quality ratio. The white grape vineyards are in the town of Novacella, surrounding the abbey, while the red grapes grow further south. Schiava and Pinot Noir are planted near Lago di Caldaro, and Lagrein is planted near Bolzano. The production comes from a total of 80 hectares. The Abbey owns 6 hectares near the winery in Novacella, as well as 15 hectares at their Marklhof estate near Bolzano. For the rest of the production, they work with over 50 small growers in the region. The soil for the wines is mainly granitic schist, created by ancient glaciers, and the vineyards are quite steep. In the Isarco Valley, vines do not live much longer than 30 years, and the yields are minuscule naturally, producing wines that are aromatic, fresh, and rich. Though it is one of the oldest wineries in the world with over 850 years of winemaking experience, the cellar is entirely modern.

The lineup of wines is incredible! The range includes classics like Pinot Grigio, Sylvaner, and Kerner, as well as some lesser seen varieties like Moscato Rosa. While famous for their crisp, mineral-driven whites, the estate has also received acclaim for its “formidable reds.” Their sumptuous Pinot Nero is one of the best that Italy has to offer.

The Praepositus line represents the absolute best expression of Abbazia’s vineyards. They are not single-vineyard wines, but selections of the best fruit from the best sites.

Vineyard practices: While the daily tasks of running a monastery, school and world-famous winery have kept Abbazia from jumping through the bureaucratic hoops involved with Italy’s organic certification, the centuries old estate is practicing organic.

Wine Enthusiast
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Lemon and lime zest mixed with fresh green herbs, lemongrass and wildflowers leap out of the glass of this zippy and beautiful Kerner. Energetic on the palate, the wine doubles down on the lemon and lime note, with more savory herbal notes showing up on the finish.

September 1, 2023
James Suckling
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Fresh lemons, green apples, white grapefruit and lime blossom on the nose. Hints of herbs. So fresh, with a medium body, bright acidity and super clean, crisp finish. Drink now.

Wine Spectator
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This light-on-its-feet white is dry, tangy and orangey, with blood orange granita, orange blossoms and juicy tangerine acidity accented by hints of fresh tarragon and salty mineral.

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