Cantina or Kellerei? Alto Adige or Südtirol? Pinot Bianco or Weissburgunder? The words only highlight the fascinating blend of Italian and German cultures, winemaking, and language found in this northeastern corner of Italy. Tramin (I’ll skip the first word since I can’t quite decide whether to follow the German or Italian linguistics) is a cooperative with 270 growers, and despite producing about 125,000 cases annually, there is tremendous attention to quality.
Like many wines from this region, the Tramin Pinot Bianco has an undeniable sense of place. Lots of minerality on the nose and palate, backed by enticing fruit – particularly pear, but also red apple – and light white flowers. Rich mouthfeel with medium plus weight, juicy acidity, and a Semillon-like waxiness. The Tramin finishes with lemon and a bit of smokiness and lanolin. A beautiful example of Pinot Bianco.
At Vinodivino for $17.