2011 Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco

SKU #1111129

Cantina Terlan produces some of the finest Pinot Blanc in the region, where the stony-sandy soils of its alpine vineyards are well-suited to the varietal. The excellent albeit challenging growing conditions in 2011 resulted in Pinot Blanc with ripe flavors matched by naturally fresh acidity. A cool stainless steel fermentation was followed by six months ageing on the lees to preserve freshness while creating richness on the midpalate. This is an elegant, pure expression of classic northern Italian Pinot Blanc. It exhibits varietal aromas of pear and delicate citrus and earthy floral notes, with a creamy, silken texture on the palate and superb mineral structure. Refreshing and food-friendly, this will pair well with many dishes, including sauteed shrimp, salmon tartare, cold lobster salad, and light pastas.

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.

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