The Main Character: 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco
Let’s talk wine. Italian wine. Anyone involved in the vast world of wine knows and understands trying to condense Italian wine into a brief overview is nearly impossible. Italian wine can be likened to a deep sea of mysterious and undiscovered experiences. Such wines and their makers can be found throughout villages, towns, valleys and peaks.
Today we will narrow down our focus to Alto Adige in the north. Once known as Sudtirol, South Tyrol, it is stated that here in Alto Adige the best wines are made. I have no authority to argue this claim. What I do know is this particular wine is so amazing, I have extra on hand for drinking.
We are not only chasing after the best wines, but the greatest stories and encounters which accompany the bottle of wine we are exploring together. Although I have spent time in Italy, I didn’t have to travel far and wide to discover this delightful gem. The James Suckling 93 Rated 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco is available in the states and I must state they have had great international success.
The wine maker
Let me introduce you to Elena Walch. Hands down an innovative woman with vision and committed execution within the wine industry. When it comes to the Alto Adige wine estate, she is leading by example. Originally an architect, her story reminds us all we have the capabilities to choose our destiny and passion when we put in the work.
Elena married into one of the oldest wine families in the region. She brought with her innovation, creativity and a state-of-the-art approach to a traditional winery. The perfect blend. Focused on quality and modernization, she has gained respect on a local and international level within the wine world.
A tremendous leader is always looking ahead and raising up others. Hence why Elena has situated her daughters, Karoline and Julia Walch with much responsibility making them the fifth generation of wine makers. Their story of wine production draws me in. Their cellar was built underground close to 150 years ago and has been updated over time. It is known as Alto Adige’s oldest remaining and functioning wine cellar.
Creating wine is more than picking a few grapes from the vines and extracting the juice into a bottle. They focus their efforts on an in-depth idea of allowing the climate, growth habitat, soil, and farming practices to be the standard. Although we’re focusing on an Italian wine, the French call this method “terroir.” In simple terms terroir narrows down how a specific region’s climate, soil, and terrain will affect the wine.
Italian wines are intriguing to me and the 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco firmly grabbed my attention to study a little further. Here we have a winery literally from the stone age that has endured the rough terrain of the world at hand. Despite what is happening around them they have not compromised their work or vision and they won’t begin to now. Fine wine doesn’t need to cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to enjoy. The best wines in my opinion are hand-crafted, vintners who respect the land, are innovative, and choose to use only the best. Elena Walch emulates everyone of those qualities found in elite wines.
Once in the glass the Pinot Bianco displays a grand bright and straw yellow color. It shimmers in the light and offers a graceful look. The perfect flare for an impressive party or the simplicity of enjoying a glass during the week.
On the palate I was immediately introduced to fruity notes of pear, melon, apple, citrus and somewhat of a mineral taste. It opened up memories of relaxing on the beach in Italy listening to the ocean’s ebb and flow. The overall look and taste of this elite bottle is light and a touch on the dry side with a refreshing lengthy finish on your tongue.
Pairing the right dish with this wine is not rocket science. You don’t need to be sommelier or wine professional. Eating and drinking wine with your food is meant to be an experience, not a circus.
Don’t create a fuss or get bent out of shape when it comes to grocery shopping for the right food. Begin with light quantities but rich flavors such as soft cheeses or cured meats. You can pair this wine with seafood such as grilled tuna and fresh Salmon.
I would encourage you to extend your boundaries and have sashimi (A Japanese delicacy consisting of fresh raw fish or meat professionally prepared) with this hand-crafted wine. Want to take it up a notch or two? Perhaps you should consider how Pinot Bianco balances well with spicy cuisine.
Exploring Italian wines can be overwhelming to begin with. It can be a full-time job. If you are looking to explore Italian wine, but unsure where to begin your journey, I highly recommend beginning with the 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco. There is a reason why I have several bottles of this in the wine cellar.
The average cost will be $43.00-$45.00 a bottle. Does it seem to pricy for a bottle of wine? Remember the story behind the bottle. Each bottle contains a story full of the who, what, where, when, why, and how. Thankfully Elena Walch is easily accessible in the states.
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