Sauvignon Blanc "Praesulis", Markus Prackwieser Gump
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Sauvignon Blanc "Praesulis", Markus Prackwieser Gump - 2021

Item # 36637 750mL

This is no ordinary Sauvignon Blanc but comes from an extraordinary producer from the Isarco Valley of the Germanic region of Italy known as the Südtirol, or Alto-Adige. The Gump winery (Gumphof) is a 5 ha estate run by Markus Prackwieser. His Praesulis line of wines are especially coveted as they come from his finest plots which are pergola or trellis trained well over 1000 feet in elevation.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

Though I tend to gravitate towards more indigenous varietals, I have found myself really liking this Italian Sauvugnon Blanc. While the idea of tearing out Nebbiolo to plant Cab in the heart of Barolo is a crime against humanity, Italians have been cultivating French varietals and vice versa for centuries. The view from the terraced vineyards in the Italian Alps are stunning and perfect for growing grapes. Fierce sun exposure in the day and crisp cool mountain nights give this wine and all I have tasted from Gump, bright ripe fruit balanced by tangy minerality and lip smacking acidity. Yum! One word of advise: Don't drink this too cold.



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