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2008 Alois Lageder Chardonnay Lowengang Alto Adige
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2011

($46) Medium-deep, golden-tinged yellow. Pure, deep aromas of pineapple, banana, minerals and iodine are complemented by sweet spices and a hint of buttery caramel oak. Superrich, highly concentrated and seamless on the palate, with densely packed flavors of banana cream pie, fresh herbs and vanilla. Finishes rich, round and impressively glyceral, with nutty nuances and an unobtrusive vanilla return. I'd wait a couple years on this one to let the oak resolve fully, but it's pretty impressive already. The vines range from 25 to 65 years old, and the wine ferments and ages (11 months) in 50% new French oak.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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