2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva

SKU #1141849 94 points 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)  (10/ 2014)

92 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (3/ 2014)

92 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/ 2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (5/ 2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2013  | Send Email
This is from a hillside in the town of Terlano in the Alto Adige where the soil is sandy, gravely and calcareous. A great place to plant grapes? This is what makes this so unique and the wines of this region unique as well. This Pinot Bianco is full-bodied, delicately fragrant and mildly floral, ripe honeydew melon and bartlett pear and lots of minerality balanced with acidity this can keep very easily over the next 5 years. A Great wine to serve for the winter holidays

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/24/2013  | Send Email
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2011 is an excellent follow up to the superb 2010 Vorberg, this vintage the fruit is a little more up front but it still has that incredible layering of minerals and the classic salty finish. The wine is unctuous yet has such vibrant energy that the balance is truly superb. Capable of lasting for another decade or two you won't be able to wait because it tastes so good now!
Drink from 2013 to 2030

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5