This Friday taste six wines from Vino’s latest featured producer, Castel Sallegg.
Nestled between the majestic peaks of the Dolomite Alps, the area surrounding Lake Caldaro in the German-speaking region of Alto Adige is an optimum wine producing zone. Amidst this tranquil Alpine valley lie the vineyards of Castel Sallegg, a company fortunate enough to possess some of the most desirable sites on the western slopes of the lake, and in the village of Caldaro.
Three varieties typically cultivated in the region, Schiava and Lagrein, and Moscato Giallo, benefit from Lake Caldaro’s unique climate, providing Castel Sallegg with what are arguably its most distinctive wines. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero are grown on historic sites in the village center.
The Castel Sallegg, in addition to its winemaking reputation, boasts a history steeped in nobility. In 1851 the castle itself and its surrounding vineyard was bought by Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of Lombardy-Veneto. It was later inherited by the Counts von Kuenburg through Prince Henry of Campofranco. A keen sense of custodial responsibility and continuity are deeply rooted in the Von Kuenburg family, and today Count Georg von Kuenburg oversees the production of each wine, ensuring quality and tradition are forever maintained.
Lagrein Rosato Nives 2007
Named Nives, (a reference to the region’s snowcapped mountains) Lagrein Rosato’s this refreshing screw-capped Lagrein Rosato is the perfect outdoor picnic wine for summer.
Lagrein Riserva 2003
An intensely-colored and flavored wine, Castel Sallegg’s Lagrein Riserva is a warm and velvety red — the perfect accompaniment to some of the region’s winter dishes.
Moscato Giallo 2007
Also known locally as “Goldenmuskateller“, Moscato Giallo is an aromatic grape also considered indigenous to Trentino-Alto Adige. Deep golden in color, it is often paired with richer foods and some of the region’s cow’s milk cheeses.
Pinot Bianco 2007
The crisp, balanced acidity of this Pinot Bianco makes for an approachable and food-friendly wine that pairs well with the often sharp flavors of the local cuisine.
Pinot Nero 2004
Using only judicious small and large cask aging, Castel Sallegg’s Pinot Nero offers beautiful fruit flavors, bright acidity and a clean finish.
Schiava Bischofsleiten 2007
Considered by many producers to be the zone’s finest site, Schiava grapes are grown on the western side of the lake, and produce a lightly-colored red wine. The name means “Bishop’s Slope”, after the vineyard’s founder, the Bishop of Trento.
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