Pinot Nero Schweizer is a ruby red colour which varies from light to intense depending on the vintage. Its bouquet is seductive with complex aromas, such as ripe soft fruits and cherries, spicy notes of pepper and leather. Fragrances and sensations are also reflected on the palate. In the mouth the wine thrills with its soft and encircling tannins, with elegance and subtlety, and for its structure and harmonious body which make it very long-lived.
Wine Advocate 93 points - The beautiful 2010 Alto Adige Pinot Nero Schweizer opens to a bright garnet color and delightful aromas of wild berry, forest floor and shaved almond. There’s a fabulous sense of vitality and energy on display that gives this wine added drinking appeal. Franz Haas is one of the best Italian interpreters of Pinot Nero and the 2010 vintage shows superb balance and finesse. Friut is sourced from the Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno and Montagna vineyards that range from 350 to 700 meters above sea level. (Oct 2014)
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Pinot Nero grows on the Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno and Montagna hills in areas selected carefully for their micro-climate, which over the years have been shown to be ideal for the production of this great wine. The individual vineyards are situated at altitudes varying
between 350 and 700 meters, including a great diversity of soils. In fact, muddy terrain can be found just a few meters from completely different soil, such as sandy, chalky, and gravelly. Thanks to the density of planting, varying between 8,000 and 12,000 vines per hectare, the grape rendered is of the highest quality. The final internal selection of very low yield clones allows for a stable and
continuous development of quality over the years.
Wine maker notes
The wine making of these grapes takes place in open vats so that during fermentation the must comes into contact with the grape skins through frequent cap punch-down and with many pump-over. Thanks to these techniques the colouring substances and the fragrances contained in the skins are extracted and pass into the wine. At the end of fermentation the wine goes from steel to barriques, where malolactic fermentation takes place over a period of 12 to 15 months. After bottling, the wine ages for about a year in the bottles.
Pinot Nero Schweizer goes well splendidly with game such as pheasant and duck, to braised game, red meats and aged cheeses.
The Franz Haas Winery has endeavoured to show the wines it produces always in the best light. It was established in 1880 and has been handed down through the generations up to now to a Franz Haas. Around 55 vine-planted hectares are worked, subdivided among owners, renters and assignees.Franz Haas has always been recognised as a great enthusiast and cultivator of the most difficult vine, one that is the most sensitive and repays the greatest: the Pinot Nero. Not withstanding all the attention, the brain power, the work, the product isnít always at the same level as its origins, so the selection of the Pinot Noir, called „Schweizer“, isnít always put on the market.
Another detail that makes Franz Haas stand out is the collaboration with the artist Riccardo Schweizer, who designed the labels. He actually painted together with Picasso, Chagall, Cocteau, Paul …luard oder Le Corbusier. All the labels were given to Franz by Maria Luisa Manna, as a good omen when he released his wines. The first label Franz chose was the fashionable Pinot Nero Schweizer label, whose first year was í87, but released in í90. Twenty-one years ago, much more traditional, simple labels were used, then the black and gold label came out, and as simple as it was, it certainly had an impact. But apart from the quality of the wine, people began to appreciate this type of label a lot, and even today, twenty years on, they stand out and are remembered on wine shop shelves and restaurant tables.