Terlano Terlaner Classico 2015 Front Label
Terlano Terlaner Classico 2015 Front Label

Terlan Terlaner Classico 2015

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Winemaker Notes

Light yellow with olive reflections, the aromatics first entice with hints of cardamom, white pepper and soft pink grapefruit. Persistent apricot and ripe tropical citrus fruits gracefully swirl around a focused stream of intense minerality. Fresh fennel and bright acidity define the finish of this impeccably balanced wine.

Try with seafood stews, spring rolls, citrus, rosemary roasted chicken and even barbecue.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2015 Alto Adige Terlano Classico is a delightful wine on all levels. It offers a fresh and clean approach with zesty tropical fruit, dried sage, preserved lemon and a touch of natural rubber at the back. Some 20% of the wine is aged in large oak casks. The quality of the bouquet is bright and splendid. The refreshing mouthfeel is capped by a playful hint of mint leaf. This historic white blend has been in production since 1893.
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Flavors of fleshy white peach meld with citrus, melon and green apple in this blend of pinot blanc with 30 percent chardonnay and ten percent sauvignon blanc. It’s vinified solely in stainless steel, giving a wine that feels sunny and lifted.Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, NY
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Founded in 1893, the Cantina Terlano winery is now one of the leading wine growers’ cooperatives in South Tyrol, with a current membership of 143 growers working a total area of 190 hectares. That is the equivalent of some 1.5 million bottles of wine a year. We and our members have long had a strong focus on quality. That has attracted praise and recognition on the Italian and international wine markets, and in spite of its relatively small size, Cantina Terlano is now well established in the world of wine.

Our modern winery produces 30 percent red and 70 percent white wines, all of them of DOC quality (Controlled Designation of Origin). Following the last upgrade and refurbishment in 2009, our cellars now include a total of 18,000 cubic meters of storage space, which ensures that the wines can develop undisturbed. On the outside, the new tract has a natural facing of red porphyry, the stone that gives the wines in the area their typical character. The roof is planted with vines so that it blends in completely with the surrounding countryside.

Our wines are marketed in two distinct quality lines: Selections and traditional line. An annual rarity is also produced, which only comes on the market after it has spent at least ten years maturing in our cellars. That makes it a fine symbol of our focus on longevity.

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A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino.

Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.

Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed, Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero.

The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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