This is the seventh vintage we’ve worked with Manni Nossing’s Kerner and by far the best as it really has cemented itself as one of our favorite Northern Italian whites regardless of price but especially at this level. As we’ve said in the past, he’s one of the rising stars in Italian white wines over the past couple of years and a small producer doing such great things. Kerner is a hybrid between Riesling and the local grape Trollinger (also called Schiava), and we love Manni's style that keeps its aromatics subtle and detailed which helps really express the mineral side of things. The 2018 is a little more forward than the last vintage yet its still a beauty - the acidity and minerality are absolutely electric and in perfect balance. Manni's small estate located in Alto Adige is essentially a collection of tiny parcels across steep slopes that are former glacial deposits, and this feels like liking a rocky ice wrapped in beautifully high toned stone fruit with just the right amount of subtle texture from his low yield farming. This 2018 has really incredible elegance and complexity one to try for those looking for an alternative to Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc! The tour de force example of the grape!