2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
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 vintage as a little wetter during the summer than in the dry 2010, according to the winemaker's notes, but a dry autumn saved the day. We're looking forward this wine, which should inspire similar praise, and pair well with grilled fish, roast chicken and light to medium-sauced pasta dishes, as well as richer salads, like avocado. From the winemaker Rudi Kofler: "The strip of hillside terrain between Rio San Pietro and Rio di Meltina has been known as Vorberg since time immemorial. It is the site of steep sun-blessed vineyards, which supply the grapes for a very exciting Pinot Bianco at an elevation of between 600 and 950 meters above sea-level. This full-bodied and extremely complex wine is impressive for its mineral character and outstanding aging ability and as such underscores the full potential of this variety."