Pinot Nero, which for Franz Haas is “the white among the reds”, is a changing interplay of colours which, influenced greatly by the vintage, can go from a light ruby to an intense ruby red. The bouquet opens with notes of black cherries and raspberries, marzipan and plum jam, cloves and cinnamon, ending finally with aromas of underbrush. In the mouth the wine is fresh and lively, bolstered by
elegant tannins which render it harmonious and round, promising a noticeable pleasantness while drinking.
Wine Advocate 91 points - There are big-picture wineries that present wines in broad brush-strokes. And, there are detail-minded estates. Franz Haas brings attention to the smallest characteristics and the estate wines always present the best side of cool-climate, high-altitude winemaking. Much of what defines Alto Adige wine (the pristine mountain aromas, focused mouthfeel and bright acidity) was first brought to world attention by Franz Haas. It is among the first to carve out an identity in the export market and its efforts opened the door for many more. You can always count on Franz Haas for quality, and this set of new releases is no exception. I was particularly impressed by the delightful 2010 Pinot Nero Schweizer. It is one of the top wines of this tasting. (Oct 2014)
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The Pinot Nero vines are located on the Mazzon, Pinzano, Gleno and Montagna hills. The individual vineyards are situated at altitudes varying between 350 and 700 meters, on lands that are very different one from the other. The high density planting of vines per hectare ensure the maximum quality of the grapes. Furthermore, over the
years, low yield Pinot Nero clones have been selected to guarantee the proper continuity on a qualitative level.
Wine maker notes
The wine making process for the grapes is 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. After this, the wine develops in barriques for over a year, and
after bottling for a few months in the bottle.
Pinot Nero goes well with light fish dishes, roasted game and red meats
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 isn’t always at the same level as its origins, so the selection of the Pinot Noir, called „Schweizer“, isn’t 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 Éluard 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 ’87, but released in ’90. 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.