2014 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Alto Adige Riserva

SKU #1291610 94 points Vinous

 Bright, dark golden-yellow color. Very intense aromas of ripe yellow apple, pear, chamomile and white flowers. Rich, dense and juicy, with orchard fruit and botanical herb flavors complicated by a savory element. Finishes long and almost creamy (despite 6.4 grams per liter of total acidity, expressed as tartaric), with hints of lime and custard cream. Undoubtedly, this rather richly styled Vorberg will remind many drinkers of a wine made from Chardonnay. This vintage is especially successful in the context of the very difficult growing season, which was marred by low temperatures and copious rainfall through most of the summer (a sunny September helped save the harvest). (ID)  (1/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fragrant and delicious, this elegant wine offers enticing scents of green apple, ripe pear and Mediterranean herb. The aromas carry over to the radiant palate along with creamy pear and a stony mineral note. Crisp acidity gives it a clean, racy finish.  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2017 | 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

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2017 | Send Email
I’ll never forget my first visit to Vorberg, in German it basically means in front of the mountain, it is a vineyard that is seemingly applied to the steep face of the mountain. I put my hands in the soil to smell what it was like, intensely salty, how intense? I couldn’t get the smell off my hands for two days! This is the home of Vorberg one of the Alto Adige’s greatest white wines, they last an incredibly long time, I’ve had them back into the 1950’s. The nose is mineral driven then layers of ripe pear, fruit blossom and hints of bergamot. On the palate the wine has incredible intensity and weight, yet the richness of the wine balances the high acidity to the point it seems smooth. Long and intense finish, try it with Lobster or Halibut.
Drink from 2017 to 2034

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2017 | Send Email
I love a good age-worthy white wine and this Terlan Pinot Bianco is just that. The depth and texture of the wine reminds me of a premier cru Bourgogne blanc, making it a wonderful wine to enjoy now, the high elevation of the vineyard site adds acidity making it cellar-friendly. If enjoying now you will find a light aromatics that lead into a beautiful floral and full bodied wine. It is elegant and not overreaching. Stunning from start to finish.

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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.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5