2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of my favorite white wines from Northern Italy, the 2011 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is dazzling and impressive on both the nose and in the mouth. It offers a full package of varietal purity with aromas of pear, quince, Golden Delicious apple and honeysuckle. Aged 12 months in large oak casks, it imparts a seductively rich and creamy texture on the long finish. This beauty promises to age ten years or more and will develop more mineral nuances as it continues its bottle evolution. (ML)
Wonderful cooked apples, honey and light vanilla on the nose here. On the palate, this full-bodied and brightly acidic white suggests limes, hints of yogurt and sliced apples. Nutmeg and sliced herbs too. Quite tight now so better in two or three years.
Terlano's 2011 Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is bright, focused and incredibly young. Ripe pear, spice and sweet floral notes emerge over time, but the 2011 is just showing the barest hint of its true potential. The focused, tense finish suggests a very bright future lies ahead. It would be great if readers could cellar this wine for a few years, as it will only blossom with more time in bottle.
A sleek, well-knit white, with a pretty floral overtone and bright acidity, laced with flavors of poached quince, juicy green pear and stony mineral, with hints of honey and candied kumquat. Shows good intensity and verve throughout. Drink now through 2021.
Aged entirely in large casks, this rich wine offers floral aromas with hints of exotic fruit and melon. The creamy palate delivers juicy Golden Delicious apple, pear and pear accented with a graphite note and baking spices alongside vibrant acidity.
From Alto Adige, here is a Pinot Bianco that can truly own the designation, "serious Italian white wine." The 2010 was a huge hit with staff, inspiring K&L's Champagne buyer Gary Westby to enthuse, "If you would like some great white wine that drinks well now and will hold for at least a decade to come, and want it for less than $25, don't miss the Vorberg Pinot Bianco Riserva. This is powerful white wine that could be served in the place of Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet from a top producer with its leesy richness and weight. There is no trace of oak in this beauty, and the long, focused finish is in the class of our better bottles of Champagne!" The 2011 is receiving similar accolades.