Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2016 | It’s really good, don’t wait
Bursting with stunning mountain fruit purity. Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2016 is straw-yellow in color. While giving way to lively grapefruit zest and spring blossom flowers, buzzing with creamy pear-apple notes. And accented by citrus peel and fresh picked wild herbs. Maturation on the fine lees adds depth and complexity atop zippy acidity. As a result, the finish is marked by terrific chalky minerality, courtesy of the vigneti delle Dolomiti.
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2016 is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Tiefenbrunner is invigorated with lively fruit aromas and flavors, snappy acid and chiseled minerality. While you’d expect nothing less from Herbert Tiefenbrunner and his son Christof. Both are expert producers of Italian white wines. Hence, among the best of Alto Adige from one of the oldest estates in the region.
On the finest Michelin Star wine lists at $60+ | Yours for just $18 a bottle
Tiefenbrunner makes the sort of Pinot Grigio that turns heads. It’s the type of wine whose name is scrawled in immediate recommendations on the back of business cards and napkins as glasses are passed for a taste. Consequently, a Michelin-star darling. As a result, Tiefenbrunner grabbed the attention of Michel Couvreux, the former beverage director at Le Bernardin. While now head sommelier at Per Se. Notably, Couvreux keeps only one Italian Pinot Grigio on his list: this Tiefenbrunner from Alto Adige which he offers at $65.
A Wine Access favorite, the previous three vintages have lit up the scoreboard (a total of 311 4-star and 105 5-star reviews) and all sold out in a matter of hours. The same will be true of this 2016 release. A crisp and layered white bursting with stunning mountain-slope vineyard purity. Furthermore, at $18 per bottle, it’s the easiest way to transport yourself to the beautiful wine route of Alto Adige-Südtirol. And at the confluence of Italian, German and Austrian culture. Highly recommended by the case.
A must-have for Summer Dinner Parties
The Pinot Grigio grapes plucked off Tiefenbrunner’s vines grow in the shadows of towering Dolomite foothills. In addition that fans out down steep slopes from the ancient Turmhof Castle. Pinot Grigio has been cultivated on these lands for 300 years — well before the U.S. had a constitution. But we’re lucky to be enjoying the wines produced today. Because at no other time in history are these whites as clean, fresh, vibrant, and complex.
Tiefenbrunner crafts wines meant to speak for themselves through an expression of terroir and quality that outlasts trends. While those who know Pinot Grigio absolutely know this Pinot Grigio.
2016 was a year of lower yields in Alto Adige. So the result for Tiefenbrunner was even deeper complexity from concentrated berries — brilliant and balanced. And in short: a must-have for summer dinner parties.