2017 Abbazia di Novacella Schiava Alto Adige SKU #1358759

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Tasting Notes

Abbazia is a monastery founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular and which produces a range of white and red wines from both estate vineyards at the abbey and from smaller growers near the town of Novacella in the Isarco River Valley. White grapes are grown at the abbey and red grapes such as Schiava, Pinot Noir and Lagrein come from near Lago di Caldaro and the town of Bolzano. According to the winery, the Schiava is "Bright pale ruby, fruity on the nose, with aromas reminiscent of summer fruits and cherry; succulent, gentle and fruity on the palate with soft, unobtrusive tannins and mild supple acidity."

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is absolutely delicious. It is light to medium bodied with a beautiful bouquet. In the mouth it is dry, balanced and energetic , with red fruit flavors and a hint of pepper. This Schiava will go best with food . Pair it with pork, fowl or pasta.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Ian D'Agata, writer of the magnificent Native Wine Grapes of Italy, informs that the word 'Schiava' originated in a group of native northern Italian grapes that our Roman ancestors believed to be of superior status, and were thus tied to poles 'cum vineis sclavis', or 'with vines enslaved." However they were bound, my best advice is to free this winsome, nuanced wine from the bottle to liberate the range of holiday spices and bright red-berried fruit that will immediately captivate, if not capture, any palate. A real gem this one!
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    The Abbazia di Novacella Schiava may easily be the Italian Steal of the Century. Aromatic and complex, this blend reminds of Gamay if gamay wanted to be a little earthier. This is another wine I would love to add to an epic thanksgiving lineup. There's so much going on in this blend, that you're getting way more bang for your buck under 15 dollars.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    What a fantastic wine to drink to usher in Fall. Light bodies and fruit, spicy and aromatic, and little herbal and crunchy on the finish. It seems a little Spätburgunder-like to me. A great interesting and tasty red at a killer price point.
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A strikingly elegant, playful wine packed with crunchy berry fruit, woodsy spice, leaf litter and sandal wood. Drinks somewhere in between Gamay and Nebbiolo...at least that was my take. Totally delicious and crazily inexpensive.
    Top Value!
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Anyone who enjoys Gamay will enjoy this light-bodied, refreshing red. It has aromas of roses, strawberries and raspberries, on the palate the fruit is juicy, the acidity balances and it is just slightly tannic on the finish. Put a slight chill on this low alcohol red for pleasurable, easy-breezy drinking.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Schiava is one of those grapes that often gets overlooked but it represents everything I look for in a regional Italian (or really any European) wine. It is medium weight, full of pretty and engaging flavors and has real character. Flavors of Bing cherries, rose petals and spices perfume the glass. This is the kind of wine you want to plop down and drink in a cafe while the world wanders by.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I first tasted this wine last April at Vinitaly and was sold immediately just by the nose. It is full of crunchy cranberry, savory, smoky, black pepper, fresh herbs, layer after layer it just seems to go on and on. Yet this is a 12.5% abv wine, there’s no big, muscular density it just seems to float while still being vibrantly flavorful. On your palate the wine is supple, yet has a bit of tannin just to frame the flavors but oh is this wine gorgeous, just flavor after flavor of savory, spicy while still being elegant. Great lift in the finish the wine is fresh and easy, ready to be drunk now but you should drink it cellar temperature with a plate of speck or prosciutto!
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Schiava, otherwise known as vernatsch, is not widely seen in the U.S., but it makes up a considerable portion of the red wines from Alto Adige and Trentino. At its best it is a bright, very dry red with strawberry notes and lively acidity. This one from Abbazia di Novacella is a natural with food. The color is like a dark rose, and it shares qualities of rose, too, being eminently quaffable and highly chillable. This was a HUGH hit in my consumer tasting in San Francisco last week, buy a few because the first bottle empties quickly.


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