Girlan Toretta Bianco 2006
Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Innovation and a pioneering spirit led to the foundation of the Girlan Winery in 1923. Thanks to these two characteristics, the first winery
of Girlan has always played a leading role and has taken new ways in terms of cultivation and marketing. The Girlan Winery was one of the first wineries to pay producers not just for the quantity delivered, but also for the quality of the grapes. Their vineyards are in the north in one of the best white-wine-regions of Italy. It's a North to South valley and it's protected in the North from the Alps. It is open in the South and at an altitude between 1000 and 1550 feet where the temperature ranges widely between day and night.
Rich aromas that ties together the freshness of Pinot Bianco, the fruitiness of Chardonnay and the bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc. A lovely, fresh wine with a nice combination of fruit & minerality. A true example of the beautiful whites from this Northern Italian region near the Alps.
Blend: 40% Pinot Bianco, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Innovation and pioneering spirit led to the foundation of the Girlan Winery in 1923.
Thanks to these two characteristics, the first winery of Girlan has always played a leading role and has taken new ways in terms of cultivation and marketing.
The Girlan Winery was one of the first wineries to pay producers not just for the quantity delivered, but also for the quality of the grapes.
Today, the Girlan Winery with its 240 members produces approx. 15,000 hectoliters of red and 8,000 hectoliters of white wine.
Their vineyards are in the north in one of the best white-wine-regions of Italy. It's a North to South valley and it's protected in the North from the Alps. It is open in the South and at an altitude between 1000 and 1550 feet where the temperature ranges widely between day and night.
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About Trentino-Alto Adige
(tren-TEE-noe ahl-toe ah-DEE-jay)
The area consists of the regions Trentino and Alto Adige, neighbors in Northeast Italy, and is part of the Tre-Venezie trifecta. The northernmost region of Italy is fairly hilly due its closeness to the the Alps, and many vines in Trentino are terraced along the hillsides for ideal sunlight benefits. Alto Adige, in turn, has more vines on the valley floors, but enjoys warmer summers. White and sparkling are the name of the game here in quality and exports, although oddly enough, more red wine is produced. The majority of this red wine is drunk locally and in neighboring countries.
Reds are likely to be Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, along with a few local varieties, most notably Schiaval. The white grapes are Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Traminer and Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the most-planted and most revered, while Traminer hails from Austria and has an amazingly light body, but is also intensely floral and delicious. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio are the international players that make lively whites of good value. The sweet spot of Trentino Alto-Adige is Vino Santo- a wine not to be confused with Tuscany's Vin Santo. Vino Santo (which means holy wine) is a sweet wine of the area made from dried grapes. Not found as much as Vin Santo, but still a treat.
A little ditty about Italy...
This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass
of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
2 ratings, 2 with reviews
This is a good wine, but a little too dry for my taste.
This is a great white for everyday, casual use.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.