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Baron Widmann Weissburgunder 2019


100% Weissburgunder (aka Pinot Blanc). Andreas Widmann is a producer of very small quantities of excellent wine. His beautiful old house and cellar are in the old part of the village of Cortaccia; the cellar is under the house, and the scale of it is more like home winemaking than commercial production. His family has made wine here since 1824. The immaculately tended vineyards are just south of the village on steep slopes at altitudes between 250 and 600 meters (almost 2000 feet) above sea level. Andreas follows every aspect of the grape growing and winemaking himself, a Baron with dirt under his fingernails. The wines are impeccably made and full of character, an ideal combination. The only problem here, as with many of the best small growers from the south Tirol, is that there is very little wine available, as the local market is so strong. The Weissburgunder grapes were grown at 600 meters, fermented, and aged in acacia wood barrels, and only 3,000 bottles are made each vintage. The wine has aromas of green apple, pear, and nectarine, with a hint of chamomile for added complexity. Round but juicy. It closes long and suave. Baron Widmann almost always makes, every year, one of Alto Adige’s best Weissburgunders and it starts in the vineyard. This is why Gambero Rosso wrote, "If we had to choose the five best grape-growers in Italy, the name of Andreas Widmann would be amongst the first to come to mind."

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