2016 Sauvignon Blanc Riserva Bolzano Winery Review And Tasting Notes
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Riserva Bolzano Winery is an ambitious and structured wine that aspires to the status of a great wine. It is dense, rich, and full, making demanding aging in wood. Between barrique and tonneau, it spends more than a year in cask.
Don’t expect a hard, uncompromising Sauvignon, Loire-style, all salt, rock, and electrifying verticality. This is dynamic yet sumptuous, certainly savory, but tending to complacent fatness, underlined by the touch of wood and vanilla.
You will find it a little built if you are fond of New Zealand-style Sauvignon, accustomed to whipping lime.
How the Sauvignon Blanc Riserva 2016 Cantina Bolzano is produced
The vineyards are located on steep slopes in the municipality of Renon, just above Bolzano, in an ideal position that has now become a pleasant place for South Tyrolean Sauvignon Blanc. Manual harvest, soft pressing, fermentation, and aging in small wood and tonneau. After a good rest in the bottle, it is ready.
A mixture of tropical fruit, vanilla, grapes, helichrysum, sage, and a thousand aromatic herbs with rock, iodine, and flowers in the background is explosive on the palate. As an elegance, it is good, expressive, and spicy, but it never expires in that outburst of many Sauvignon Blancs that have unpleasant green hints.
So there are no pyrazines?
From this point of view, the ripening is perfect, there is a series of intense aromas, but they are perfectly integrated and are hints and do not bully.
No cat urine, thanks.
On the palate, it is salty and well-shaped by citrus acidity. It moves straight, even if the taste expands in richness thanks to aging in wood that has enhanced the creaminess of the wine. It’s not butter spread on roasted papaya, but we are close.
Overall, it is a beautiful, stylized wine, marked by vanilla and aging, a wine that embodies the desire to produce wide-ranging wines but which requires years in the bottle to dispose of all this wood. After 6 years, the wood is still dominant.
It is relentlessly fighting with the knife between the teeth with the melon and the vervain. Indeed, in Burgundy style, it will begin to evolve and find a more complete and balanced development in the tenth year. For now, it is in a transitory phase: good, but the charisma is still far away. As mentioned, we are not discussing the quality, which is undoubted.
26-28 euros. Indeed, it isn’t cheap, but it is a limited production, coming from a single cru at high altitude, and all in all, the quality justifies the price.
All wines find their realization in combination with food, and this wine is the proof. We have to admit this whimsical and eclectic Sauvignon finds a perfect match with Indian, Chinese, and Thai fish cuisine, thanks to an incredible combination of spices and lemongrass. Fish and chips, fish tacos, octopus salad, baked fish, parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara.