2017 Alois Lageder Pinot Noir Krafuss (750ml)
Alois Lageder is located in the small alpine town of Magrè. They have had much success with employing biodynamic practices throughout their fifty-five hectares of estate-owned vineyards. The winery also purchases fruit from over eighty growers throughout Alto Adige, and while these growers are not biodynamic, they are constantly working toward sustainable and organic practices whenever possible. Since the 1980s they have been working at elevating their region's status from one that produces everyday wines to one that can claim world-class wines. They are one of the first to make single-vineyard wines in the region.
The Krafuss vineyards occupy a site atop a gentle hill. The combination of elevation, exposure, soil, microclimate, and good ventilation create a mix that is ideal for Pinot Noir, which is a traditional variety in the area. In 2013, Lageder made the transition to biodynamics. Here they produce a lively, multilayered and delicate Pinot Noir in a style that combines elegance, body, minerality and some salinity.
"The 2017 Pinot Noir Krafuss from Alois Lageder is stunning, taking the ripeness of the vintage in stride. It shows a gorgeous bouquet of rose petals, fresh strawberry, sweet almond paste and a dusting of confectioner’s spice. Silky textures coast across a feminine frame with mineral-laced red fruits and a slight twang of cherry pits, as pretty violet florals amass toward the finale. There’s a bitter pinch of nervous acidity that keeps the mouth watering with hints of sour citrus and savory herbs tugging at the senses. Wow, what a beautiful and balanced wine. The Krafuss is matured for eighteen months in barrels ranging from 225 to 500 liters, and even as I write this, it continues to gain further depths. " 94 points - Eric Guido (Vinous, September 2020)