Renée and I recently tasted almost all the latest Terlano white wines. Founded in 1893, Terlano is located in the majestic Dolomite Mountains in the foothills of the Alps of the Alto Adige region bordering Italy and Austria. It is Terlano’s high range of elevation, southern exposure, and mineral laden vineyards of red porphyric rocks that are key element to the development of their stunning world-renown wines.
Make no doubt about it, Terlano’s very collectible and long lived Vorberg (Pinot Bianco) and Quarz (Sauvignon Blanc) were fabulous and lived up to their lofty status. Both always receive exceptional mid 90 ratings…..and are available if you wish to order ($50 to $75).
HOWEVER, we ranked one great value nearly shoulder-to-shoulder with these two legends.
Terlano’s 2020 Pinot Bianco Traditional is creamy smooth and coats the palate with wonderful ripe apple-pear cobbler, and lemon-citrus zest flavors. Long and concentrated on the palate, nuanced with minerality, and under-lying fresh acidity to bolster and extend the lingering finish. Stainless steel ferment with 6 months aging on the lees. 13.5% Alcohol. A bargain at $26 a bottle – NOW JUST $21.95!!
Wine Advocate just rated at 93 points – ”This is lovely in its streamlined purity and simplicity. The entry-level 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Tradition is redolent of citrus, crushed stone and tangy grapefruit. Fresh and lively, this Pinot Bianco shows lots of life and energy. It’s very pretty. Drink it young with a buttery linguine and shrimp scampi.”