The 2013 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner from Alto Adige, Italy is this week’s feature wine. Kerner is a an aromatic white grape that was created in 1929 by crossing two German grapes (Riesling and Trollinger). Abbazia is one of the world’s oldest wineries dating back more than 800 years. It was founded by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular in 1142 and has a steep tradition in making exceptional wines.
This wine is made from 100% Kerner grapes and is a great alternative to Pinot Grigio. It offers exotic aromas of white flower, juicy apple, ripe peach, lemon curd and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate bursts with ripe juicy fruit and offers refreshing acidity with a crisp finish. It simply reminds me of summer in a glass. Pair this with an array of seafood from sushi and seared scallops to crab cakes. I also really love this wine with baked lemon ricotta. The cheese makes the sweet lemon and tropical fruit burst on your palate. Consume within 1-2 years.
Check out my video review on the 2013 Abbazia di Novacella Kerner.