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Last Year's Vintage (2009)
Wine Spectator 90 Points
Top 100 Wines of 2012; Rank #52
“Base notes of chocolate and coffee liqueur enrich smoke, tea leaf, roasted plum and black currant candy flavors in this well-honed red, while a supple juiciness and a hint of dried mint linger on the finish.”
-September 30, 2012
Rich, concentrated dark fruit character against powerful yet silky tannins and bright acidity. Excellent structure, with a distinctive freshness to the fruit that creates an elegant profile.
Grape Varieties 40% Teroldego, 30% Lagrein, 30% Merlot
Outstanding match for pasta dishes, grilled meats, pork and flavorful cheeses.
The Teroldego grapes are grown in gravelly soil in the Campo Rotaliano area in a superb micro-climate that enjoys ample daytime sunlight and warmth with chilly evenings. Lagrein grapes are grown in the alluvial soils of steep hillside (250-350 meter elevations) vineyards north of Trento . The Merlot grapes come from hilly, clay-based soils south of Trento, around the town of Rovereto where the climate is slightly warmer. All three regions are known as prime growing zones for their respective varieties.
Each variety is harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and undergoes separate fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following a refinement period in stainless steel, the three lots are blended. The resulting wine is aged in small oak barrels for 12 months, then further refined in bottle before release.
Alta Luna (“High Moon”) Phases represents the finest selection of grapes from prime vineyard sites in the foothills of Italy’s breathtaking Dolomite Alps. This elegant yet robust fusion of Merlot and native varieties Lagrein and Teroldego combines flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum with distinctive spicy notes. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months, this vibrant red is smooth and beautifully balanced, with fine tannins and a lingering finish.
Much like the varying lunar phases have their specific characteristics, each varietal in Phases brings a particular quality to this enticing red blend. Teroldego with its distinguished intensity and color brings notes of raspberries and structure to the palate. Notes of currents, cherries and red fruit are particularly intense in Lagrein which also imparts balance and elegance. Merlot brings complexity of aromas, roundness and soft tannins resulting in a wine of incredible structure and finesse.
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