2011 Cantina Terlan "Quarz" Sauvignon Blanc Terlano (Previously $53.00)

SKU #1144284 95 points James Suckling

 A beautiful Sauvignon Blanc with loads of tropical fruits and cream. Mineral undertones but it's all about fruit here. Full body, with bright acidity and just so much tangy, intense fruit. Full-throttled white, but it's also fresh and lively. One of the best whites of Italy.  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Cantina Terlan's southwest-exposed vineyards planted in Terlano’s volcanic porphyry rock inform an incredible minerality in this world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes are hand-harvested and slowly fermented before before the wine is aged on the lees for nine months in both stainless steel and large, neutral oak barrels. The straw yellow color introduces tropical fruit aromas accompanied by notes of citrus, green tea, flint, and grass. A juicy profile on the palate reverberates the brightest notes and showcases the mineral which drives into the finish, where the terroir manifests an almost salty characteristic.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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Italy

- 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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Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 14