#WBW75 “Singles Night”: Pinot From Alto, By Way Of Norse Mythology

Vinted on March 21, 2012 binned in best of, wine blogging wednesday, wine review

Welcome to Wine Blogging Wednesday #75, people!

I’m thrilled to be hosting WBW this month, and I’m stoked to see what you all will be tasting throughout the day today, in keeping with our theme: “Singles Night!” For the background on the theme, check out the announcement post – the short story is that this month we are celebrating wines that are made from grapes grown on a single vineyard.

So get yourself some single vineyard wine, blog about it, comment here about it, or tweet about it (#WBW75)!

I’m kicking things off with a single vineyard wine that has been sitting in the bowels of the basement sample pool for some time, but that I’ve been excited about trying ever since I cracked the cardboard on its shipping box. It’s a familiar grape, and maybe even a familiar region, but not necessarily a grape/region combo that would be all that familiar for many of you…

The juice: 2009 Terlano Montigl Pinot Noir (a.k.a. Pinot Nero) Riserva (Alto Adige, around $30).

The wine hails from the extreme Northeast of Italy, where successive invasions from the Austro-Hungarians after the fall of the Roman empire eventually resulted in a bi-lingual, autonomous region where Italian and German are intermingled (the wines from the region often carry the designation “Südtirol” in addition to “Alto Adige”).

It’s also a study in another sort of extreme: the vineyard is around 1800 feet in elevation, relatively steep, and planted on sandy, porphyry-gravel soils that drain well and (not unimportantly) retain a good bit of heat.

The result is a wine unique combination of cooler-climate Pinot Noir in a lighter body, lighter tannins, and lighter booze (13.5% abv), with a warmer-climate (probably courtesy of the radiated heat from those soils) red berry purity and ripeness.

It’s far from the most complex Pinot I’ve ever sampled, but it’s for sure one of the most unique Pinots I’ve ever tasted.

The word Montigl kind of looks like it belongs more to a Norse god than a vineyard, and this wine basically is a Valkyrie: feminine, beautiful, even delicate, yet full of deadly, sexy ass-kickery at a moment’s notice.

The Montigl is light, almost delicate, but with a racy liveliness and great purity of raspberry and strawberry fruits. There’s a hint (but just a hint) of toasty spice and earthy mushroom, and (probably most interestingly for the wine geek crowd) a savory note to the palate that comes as bit of a surprise after taking in the lightness of the wine and its focused berry fruits.

None of those things are foreign to Pinot Noir, of course, but the combination of real delicacy with a traditionally riper/bigger style of pure red berry fruit – and the juxtaposition of the earthy/savory and mineral/stony palate – well, that is a bit unique, I think. And it screams of place and character, and might just get you pining for the rugged mountainside.

Or it might just get your very, very buzzed. Or both. Hey, I drank the hell out of this wine (you know you’re digging it when half the bottle is already empty before your SO has managed to find the time to pour herself her first glass).

Next week, I’ll be giving you another view of a single vineyard… a rather special (and ancient!) one in California… stay tuned!

Ok… now it’s your turn.

Wow us with your SV selections!






  • Dave N.

    One of our favorite Finger Lakes wineries, Lamoreaux Landing, is also a leader in FLX single vineyard wines. We share our review of 2010 Lamoreaux Landing Yellow Dog Vineyard Riesling here: http://toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com/2012/03/l… on Toledo Wines and Vines.

    2010 is an outstanding vintage for Finger Lakes Riesling. Find out what the fuss is about. #WBW75

    • SAHMmelier

      I love the Lamoreaux Landing, too! Here is my review of the winery including the 3 SV Riesling there. Red Oak was our favorite. Really big flavor. Honeysuckle and pear, creamy, yet bright, and delicious. http://wp.me/p1MvvL-6r

  • Jason Phelps

    Thanks for hosting Joe! My contribution of "Married Wine Blogger Cheats on Wife for Singles Night" can be found at http://ancientfirewineblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/m…. The Finger Lakes is clearly going to get some cred today. I shared the Red Newt Glacier Ridge Vineyards Merlot from 2008.



    • SAHMmelier

      A great piece. I was astounded by the vast differences in the SV Rieslings I tried at Lamoreaux Landing. So close geographically, so different in taste profile. Yet another aspect of wine that makes me more enamoured all the time!

    • martindredmond

      Great post Jason! I especially appreciate how you explained what makes a single vineyard unique! Cheers!

  • SAHMmelier

    "The word Montigl kind of looks like it belongs more to a Norse god than a vineyard, and this wine basically is a Valkyrie: feminine, beautiful, even delicate, yet full of deadly, sexy ass-kickery at a moment’s notice."
    I think I have a new favorite in the wine-description category! Cheers and thank you for hosting! Hope my palate gets in shape today as this cold fades so I can do a tasting of my own.

    • 1WineDude

      :) thanks! Keep em coming people these are great!

  • Amy @ VineSleuth

    My first wine wasn't my favorite, so I 'had' to open a another bottle: A Tale of Two Single Vineyard Cabernets from Neal Family Vineyards

    Thanks for hosting Wine Blogging Wednesday, Joe!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Amy!!

  • martindredmond

    I went Ole Skool for #WBW 75, and chose the 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia , an interesting white wine aged 10 years before release. R López de Heredia was doing SV wines long before it became fashionable as it is today. I blogged about it here: http://wp.me/p10gB3-24L

    • 1WineDude

      Martin – nice pick!

    • talkavino

      Excellent choice! We just had this exact wine last week, and it was outstanding!

      • martindredmond

        Read your post about it. I bet it went well with those tapas! I like their Rose even better! It's a gran reserva. Current release is 2000! Look for it, if you haven't already had the pleasure!

        • talkavino

          I actually had it at the Spanish Wine Festival in NYC last year – 11 years old Rose – amazing!

      • 1WineDude

        Thanks, talk!

  • Jon Bjork

    Ooo, I think I know the source of next week's wine!

    • 1WineDude


  • Renee Vimmerstedt

    In choosing a single vineyard wine I did something out of character (and a little scary) for me. I let someone else choose the wine. I went to my regular wine shop. They know me well, know which areas of the shop I gravitate to. So, I told them of my single vineyard needs and asked them to choose something they knew I never would. They chose a 2008 Alfred Merkelbach Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett. I was disappointed in their choice but when you delegate authority you take what you get. I surprised myself though by actually enjoying the wine.

    This Riesling was a stereo-typically sweet one, a characteristic that usually turns me off. I paired it with homemade sweet potato gnocchi with a browned butter and sage sauce…and it worked. I would even say it worked well.

    The wine itself had a clean and pleasing floral nose. On the tip of the palate was a strong honeydew flavor but by mid palate all the wonderful mineral flavors hit. The brief finish had a gentle sampling of honey and citrus. It was light and acidic. Alcohol was 9%.

    The Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett is produced in the Mosel region. The slate soils and cooler temps have produced many amazing wines. I would not go so far as to call this one “amazing” but it was quite good and adequately represents the prestigious growing region.

    As a stand-alone, drink by itself wine..much too sweet and fruity for my personal taste. However, pair it with some fatty, savory food and it gets a “yes” from me. I may even seek out some other sweet Rieslings to experiment with.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Renee! Love the bold move. :)

  • Todd - VT Wine Media

    Pitching in to help keep WBW vital…looking forward to perusing the entire list once compiled.
    Austria, Quebec, and home made mystery NY http://www.vtwinemedia.com/vt_wine_press/?p=2372

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Todd!

  • VA Wine Diva

    Thanks for a great theme, Joe. As you'd likely expect from us, we went with a VA wine – the Tranquility red blend from Three2One Cellars. This is the product of a collaborative wine making project undertaken by winemakers from 3 different wineries who all buy fruit from the Tranquility Vineyard. http://swirlsipsnark.com/?p=9683

    • 1WineDude

      VA – expected but still very cool :).

  • Frank

    Great theme this month, Joe (although I don't know anyone would say otherwise even if they didn't like your theme ;). Like Va Wine Diva, I kept it local and went with a Virginia wine… in fact, the same wine that she picked. This may be classified as stalking. Here's my WBW75 post: Singles Night with Tranquility from Virginia — http://t.co/M5FOKFEg

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks Frank – nice to see the right coast luv!

  • Courtney

    Don't forget your mints on Singles Night! On behalf of Cape Classics here's a post on Thelema "The Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon". Stellar estate in South Africa and this wine has a uniqueness especially worth sharing. http://capeclassics.com/blog.cfm Thanks for hosting Joe! Fun theme.

    • 1WineDude

      Courtney – clever :).

  • Pantagruelic WineSharer

    A single vineyard wine from the Dão in Portugal: Quinta de Saes Reserva Estágio Prolongado 2007.

    Great theme, thanks.

    • 1WineDude

      Yeah Portugal!

  • @dvinewinetime

    Love, Love, Love Single Varietals! Thank You Joe for hosting a really fun #WBW75! Here's my contribution to the cause! Frolicking with CA Viognier!
    "SINGLES NIGHT" WITH VIOGNIER http://wp.me/p25n4v-3B 

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks dvine!

    • martindredmond

      Nice post. I do love me some Viognier! The price is certainly right! I'll look for it!

  • Lisa (thewinemuse)

    Thanks for hosting this one Joe. I am loving this theme! Check out http://www.winemuse.com.au for some great Australian SV's & my nearly late contribution for #WBW75.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Lisa.

  • SAHMmelier

    Okay, I made it happen! I tasted 2007 Morandé Edición Limitada Carménère. The full post is here: Unique Beauty Shines When You're Single http://wp.me/p1MvvL-7U

    • 1WineDude

      Yeah! :)

  • Melinda

    Great theme! Thanks for hosting Joe. I'd like to add my post to the mix – http://www.nwcorkandfork.com/2012/03/wbw75-single… Go WA Wine!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, Melinda!

  • MyrddinGwin

    Tonight, my wine choice was something close to home: a 2010 Hinterbrook 'Franc Blanc' from the Niagara Lakeshore VQA in Ontario that I've saved in my cellar for almost a year. http://www.uncorkontario.com/2011/04/30/2010-hinterbrook... (not my website)
    It was quite tasty, and though it had a slight vegetal hint in the back of my nose, it had a lot of fruit, too, including white peach, apricot, pear and red delicious apple. The acidity was pleasant and refreshing. If It was perfect for a warm day like today.

    • 1WineDude

      Nice to get the Ontario connection on this one!

  • Lucha Vino

    My single vineyard selection for the evening was the T'Sillan Cellars 2008 Lakeside Reserve Syrah for Lake Chelan Washington.

    • 1WineDude

      Go Syrah! :)

  • art predator

    Hey, Joe!

    I let you know about this post about The Ojai Vineyards Roll Ranch Vioginer & Syrah on other channels but here it is here too:

    Thanks again for hosting! I look forward to the round-up!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, AP!

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