2016 Cantina Terlano "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva Alto Adige

SKU #1425242 95 points James Suckling

 Love the dried-flower and pie-crust aromas to the sliced-apple character. Full body. Very fruity and vivid. Flavorful finish. Excellent. This will change your mind about Pinot Bianco. Drink now.  (4/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I admit that after I tasted this wine for work, I brought the remnants of the bottle up to my Roman terrace (on one of the first warm days of early spring) and polished off the rest of the bottle with friends. The 2016 Alto Adige Terlano Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is just that kind of wine: It invites you to share its bounty and beauty with the people you most respect and admire. I just love this wine, and this is one of the best vintages I have tasted. Very few Italian dry white wines have scored this high, but this is a sure celebrity. This Riserva offers excellent Pinot Bianco concentration with generous layers of stone fruit, pear and poached apple. The finish is long and smooth. Even if you leave the bottle open for a long time, it evolves, but never oxidizes. The wine undergoes both fermentations in oak and then ages on the lees in oak barrel for 12 months. Some 55,000 bottles were created. Compared to the other top-shelf wines from Cantina Terlano, this is the best value of all. (ML)  (7/2019)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is divine: swirling aromatics full of white flowers, hints of bergamot, a saline breeze, spice, and depth immediately. On the palate the wine shows incredible size and richness, a powerful statement of the vintage. Then ripe pear emerges to blend with stone fruits and salted plum; just a wide variety of flavors. The finish once again shows the size, density, and weight of this vintage stretched over a spectacular frame. I love Vorberg and this is one of the best vintages I can remember. These wines will last a long, long time. I’ve had versions out of the 1950s that have been wonderful at 50 years old. This is a vintage to stock up on. I am doing so.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
I've probably tasted half a dozen or so vintages of this wine from Terlano now and it has never once failed to impress me. The 2016 might just be the strongest release I've had yet. With stunning purity and textural presence on the palate, this wine captures the highly aromatic nature of the grape, without losing any focus or freshness. Round and supple but with precise acidity, endless verve, and persistent minerality. A captivating white wine that is truly world-class.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Pinot Bianco doesn't get much play in the wine industry but there are two in the world that make me take pause. One is the Pinot Blanc from Weinbach, a top tier Alsace producer; the other is this little gem from Cantina Terlano. It's a little reductive to say things like, "it drinks Burgundian," or some other such nonsense, because when you taste this, you will probably wish that more Burgundies tasted like it. At once the nose is brimming with perfectly ripe white peaches and roasted pears. The mouth is filling, with a creamy richness that is at once opulent but is so focused and balanced you're left with more of a long memory than anything else. This is an impactful and special wine that deserves your attention.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | 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, with ripe honeydew melon, Bartlett pear, and lots of minerality balanced with acidity. This can keep very easily over the next 5 to ten years.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2019 | Send Email
Some of the finest examples of Pinot Blanc come from Italy's Alto Adige zone and Terlano's Vorberg has been my favorite for many years. Even in the toughest of vintages, this wine manages to exceed expectation. The 2016 offers an aromatic array of orchard fruit with jasmine and mineral and a full, round palate with a long, mineral-driven finish. In my opinion this ranks among Italy's finest white wines and is worth every cent.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
What incredible aromatics! Sweet floral aromas with ripe pear and a hint of warm spice. On the palate, the wine is full and round with mouthwatering acidity that brings lightness and lift to such a powerful wine. This is my first time tasting this wine and it won't be the last.

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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