Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco 2010 – Something Special From Alto Adige

Refreshingly complex.

100% Pinot Bianco from Alto Adige, Italy.

SRP of $21 and available for as low as $15. Sample submitted for review.

From the winery:

“Made from Pinot Bianco grapes grown on the porphyric-gravel slopes of the Classico region. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and the wine rests on the lees for 6 months before release.

With wonderful aromas of apple cider, chalk and lemon zest, this clean and focused wine expands on the palate to reveal warm apple crisp, clove and quince nuances. Possessing a long, concentrated citrus finish, this wine pairs perfectly with roasted pork, shellfish and egg-based sauces or as a charming cocktail beverage.

13.5% Alcohol”

Today we’re reviewing another wine from one of our favorite areas, Alto Adige. You may remember our series on the Wines from Alto Adige here. This area reminds me a lot of Alsace, France in that both have significant mountain influence and the melding of multiple cultures — Italy, Germany and Austria in the case of Alto Adige; France and Germany in the case of Alsace.

Both areas also produce deliciously complex white wines unlike almost anywhere else in the world. They take what can be humdrum varieties elsewhere (like Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco) and turn them into something special, which is what we have here today. (For more info on Alsace see our recent post entitled: Pinot Gris From Alsace – Pinot Grigio That Tastes Good.)

The 2010 Kellerei-Terlan Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco begins with pleasing, fragrant aromas of apple, pear, chalk and a little honeysuckle. Tasting the wine reveals a really nice spicy mineral streak on top of a wonderful, complex mouthfeel. Lush flavors of tart apple, pear and melon combine with a bright acidity in the mouth. Chalky minerals and citrus zest reveal themselves on the medium-long finish. A delicious and refreshingly complex wine!

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 8.0

Highly Recommended

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