Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano Pinot Nero Alto Adige DOC 2014

J. Hofstätter

This is a single vineyard wine sourced from Hofstatter’s Barthenau estate. Hofstatter was the first producer in the Alto-Adige to produce single vineyard wines at the equivalent of the grand cru level.

Terroir: Mazon and its extraordinary Pinot sites are located opposite Tramin-Termeno on the other side of the valley. These vineyards face toward the evening sun and the Ora wind that travels up the valley into the early evening hours. This keeps demanding Pinot grapes dry and healthy. Ludwig Barth zu Barthenau, a university professor with a passion for wine, planted Pinot Noir at his Mazon estate at the end of the 19th century. His introduction of the variety in the region proved to be quite successful. J. Hofstätter continues the legacy of this pioneer at his original farmstead vineyards, which stretch to neighbouring Yngram-Höfen. The Pinot Blanc “Vigna S. Michele”, the Pinot Noir “Vigna S. Urbano” and the “Riserva Mazon” all thrive here. In the heart of the vineyard is the “Roccolo”, a parcel with 70-year-old vines that grow on a traditional pergola training system. Grapes are grown at an elevation of 1,476 ft/450 m above sea level. The vineyard is located on a gentle slope where both exposure to sunlight and air circulation are ideal, resulting in perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. The alternation between warm days and cool nights accounts for the firm backbone of fruity acidity and consequently excellent ageing qualities in the finished wine.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested in small crates to ensure they arrive at the winery completely intact. Most the grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, leaving around 25% whole and unbruised. The berries, whole clusters and juice are allowed to steep at cool temperatures for one day to extract the maximum of varietal aromas. During the period of fermentation the solid grape parts are kept constantly submerged in the new wine.

The maturation in oak casks takes place in two phases. The young wine is kept in small oak casks for 12 months, after which a uniform blend is made. The wine is subsequently matured in one large cask for 8 months, after which it is filled and matured in bottle for further 8 months in the cellars of the Barthenau manor house before release.

Additional Information

A superb Pinot Noir, whose concentration is clearly heralded by its dark ruby color. Initially it seems somewhat closed on the nose, but then opens up in the glass to reveal its authentic, noble Pinot Noir origins. The aroma reminiscent of sour cherry and raspberry is enhanced by a delicate hint of vanilla and spice. On the palate it shows excellent harmony with elegant acidity, well-integrated sweet tannins and enormous concentration of aromas.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alto Adige
  • Winemaker: Martin Foradori Hofstätter and Markus Heinel
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil:Clay, lime, eroded porphyry and fine gravel
  • Vineyard Acreage: 8.75 acres
  • Avg Vine Age: 38+ years
  • Yield: 30 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.3g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.9g/l
  • Avg Production: 18,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Nero

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Vinous Author: Eric Guido
    Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
    "The 2014 Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano hails from the oldest (up to sixty-five years old) and most prized Pinot Nero vines around the manor house of Barthenau. It lifts from the glass in a pretty and feminine display with hints of sweet spicy oak that blow off to reveal a mix of strawberry preserves, mint leaves, candied ginger and a hint of spiced orange. Its silky textures are matched by ripe red berry fruits with a complex web of acids and minerals adding tension. Hints of fine tannins settle in and slightly dry the experience, yet not enough to take away from the sheer pleasure that the Vigna S. Urbano brings. In the end, a few years of cellaring will do it some good; yet there’s no harm in enjoying this today."

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