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2018 - James Suckling

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2018 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I enjoyed a very special afternoon with winemaker Rudi Kofler visiting the extreme vineyard sites above the town of Terlano, located halfway between Bolzano and Merano along the Adige River valley. The Vorberg vineyards are planted at near vertical inclines ...

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2018 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I enjoyed a very special afternoon with winemaker Rudi Kofler visiting the extreme vineyard sites above the town of Terlano, located halfway between Bolzano and Merano along the Adige River valley. The Vorberg vineyards are planted at near vertical inclines ...

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2018 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"I enjoyed a very special afternoon with winemaker Rudi Kofler visiting the extreme vineyard sites above the town of Terlano, located halfway between Bolzano and Merano along the Adige River valley. The Vorberg vineyards are planted at near vertical inclines and appear as if they were magically glued to the mountain cliffs when viewed from afar. It would be impossible to exaggerate the difficulties associated with farming these back-breaking sites. However, the 230 members of the cooperative, who together farm 180 hectares, continue to work to make some of the finest white wines found in Italy. Cantina Terlano's reputation for excellence is tied to its stunning achievements with the Pinot Bianco grape. I would venture to say that this is some of the best Pinot Bianco found anywhere on the planet. The winery has kept a generous supply of back vintages in its ancient cellar vaults. I was treated to a special tasting of the 1959 vintage." Monica Larner

  • Terlaner I Grande Cuvée 2015 '15

    97 punti
    From the Terlano subzone of Alto Adige, the 2015 Alto Adige Terlaner I Grand Cuvée is a top-shelf blend of 90% Pinot Bianco, 7% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. This is an outstanding effort with beautiful aromatic intensity and an extremely long finish. Peach, pear, honey and toasted almond make the core and the heart of the wine. Delicate notes of smoke and campfire ash play supporting roles. The 14.5% alcohol is evident, but it is well woven into the thick texture of this full-bodied white. A precious 4,000 bottles were made. This wine drinks well now, but please be patient, because it will take on more volume and intensity as it continues its evolution. Under the cooperative model, Cantina Terlano can choose the best fruit from across its vast holdings, and that intense selection process enables them to make a wine of such profound pedigree and quality.
  • Pinot Bianco 2005 '05

    96+ punti
    This wine lands high on my list of Italy's best white wines released this year. Benefitting from ten years of aging in sealed stainless steel pressure tanks, the 2005 Alto Adige Terlano Pinot Bianco Rarity is a precious and carefully crafted rendition. The bouquet is fine and etched with plenty of soft stone fruit, peach, pear and honey. Subtle background roles are played by spice, smoke and crushed mineral. This is an age-worthy Pinot Bianco from a sunny and warm vintage that offers texture and volume. It should age gracefully for many years ahead. Only 3,500 bottles exist. The wine is simply stunning.
  • Vorberg '15

    94+ punti
    Here's a slightly more accessible wine that gives you a clear view of the beauty and the vast reservoir of untapped potential when it comes to the Pinot Bianco in Alto Adige. The 2015 Alto Adige Terlano Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is a generous and forthcoming expression that rewards the senses with ample stone fruit, preserved lemon, saffron and mineral tones of dusty chalk or crushed oystershell. This is a medium-weight wine with a mouthfeel that is successful due to the natural density and texture of the fruit in this sunny vintage. The oak elements serve only as framing. Some 70,000 bottles were made.
  • Quarz '16

    94 punti
    The 2016 Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Quarz is drop-dead gorgeous. It appeals to Sauvignon Blanc enthusiasts, but also to detractors of the grape who may be put off by the pungent varietal notes you get in other parts of the world. This Alto Adige expression does not have that same nervous energy or primal raciness that you get in New Zealand, for example. Instead, this is an almost docile expression in comparison with lasting fruit tones of ripe peach, preserved lemon and exotic saffron. Quarz is aged on the lees, partially in stainless steel and partially in oak barrel. The mid-weight mouthfeel is supple and round. Some 60,000 bottles were made. I am curious to track this wine's evolution over the next ten years, because I am confident that it will stand strong.
  • Nova Domus '15

    94 punti
    The 2015 Alto Adige Terlano Riserva Nova Domus is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine undergoes slow fermentation in large oak barrel and partial malolactic fermentation (only for the Chardonnay and the Pinot Bianco). The wine is aged in barrel for 12 months, but the final blend is not made until three months before bottling. Some 25,000 bottles are released as a result. The bouquet is seamless and beautifully intense with a fresh medley of stone fruit, honey, mango, lemon mousse, saffron and lightly toasted almond. The full-bodied mouthfeel is creamy and rich.
  • Lunare '16

    93+ punti
    This is a beautifully fragrant and delicate wine that embodies all the crispness and brightness of high-altitude winemaking. The 2016 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Lunare starts off with slow and delicate footprints that grow in intensity and volume the longer you contemplate the wine. This is a medium-bodied white that borders on full-bodied due to the luscious nature of its unique aromatic composition. Floral aromas of wild rose and jasmine appear with sweet honey and passion fruit. Bottle production is 18,000 units strong.
  • Porphyr '15

    93 punti
    The 2015 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Porphyr opens to an inky dark color with blackish hues at the rim. The wine's appearance is impenetrable and extra thick. The bouquet is built upon thick layers of dried blackberry, prune, dark plum and dried cherry. Lagrein does not offer tight tannins, yet this wine delivers firm structure nonetheless. Smoke, moist chewing tobacco and dried herb appear on the close. Grapes are harvested by hand, and the wine ends up in oak for 18 months, split between first, second and third year barrels. Some 24,000 bottles were made.
  • Monticol '15

    93 punti
    This wine seems to have changed names from Montigl to Monticol. The 2015 Alto Adige Pinot Noir Riserva Monticol is packed tight with tangy fruit aromas with cherry, blackberry, light spice, pressed violets and wet earth. This is a delicate but forthcoming expression of Pinot Noir that gives plenty of evidence of its varietal character, yet it never holds back in terms of power and persistence. The wine walks a fine line between grace and muscle, but it does so with expert precision. Some 35,000 bottles were made.
  • Kreuth '16

    92 punti
    The 2016 Alto Adige Terlano Chardonnay Kreuth is a wine that plays its best cards in terms of texture. This is a smooth, medium-bodied rendition with incredible smoothness and silkiness. It washes delicately over the palate. The wine imparts lasting flavors of apricot, peach, pine nut, sweet almond, pear and honey. The integration is seamless and impeccable. I'd easily assign this cool-vintage Chardonnay a 10-year drinking window. Some 65,000 bottles were made.
  • Gewürztraminer '17

    91 punti
    The 2017 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Tradition opens to soapy and floral notes of honeysuckle and perfumed jasmine flower. Those elegant fragrances lift gracefully from the bouquet. This is a mid-weight effort with loads of pizzazz and personality. Bottle production is 100,000 units strong.
  • Winkl '17

    91 punti
    The 2017 Alto Adige Terlaner Sauvignon Winkl is informal in approach and execution. The wine is made primarily in stainless steel, with only a small part (some 20%) that goes into oak barrel for five to seven months. It offers a bright bouquet with layers of exotic fruit, wild mountain herb, cumin and crushed rock. The mouthfeel is lean and crisp. With 250,000 bottles made, Winkl should be easy to locate.
  • Gries '15

    91 punti
    As a rule, the Lagrein grape offers thick, blackish color saturation, dark fruit aromas and soft tannins. The 2015 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Gries offers all those things with the addition of barbecue spice, Spanish cedar and black licorice. This is a sophisticated expression with depth and a fine sense of dimension. Some 50,000 bottles were made.
  • Pinot Bianco '17

    90 punti
    The 2017 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Tradition is a delightful white wine that is both fun and easy to drink. The bouquet is mild and neutral in personality with subtle stone fruit, apricot and Golden Delicious apple. Its appearance is luminous and bright. Pair this wine with fried shrimp or spicy sushi rolls. This is excellent value. Some 65,000 bottles were made.
  • Pinot Grigio '17

    90 punti
    The 2017 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Tradition is a delightfully easy-drinking wine that meets all your basic needs on a warm summer afternoon. The bouquet is fresh and bright with aromas of stone fruit, pear and Golden Delicious apple. The word "Tradition" is a new addition to the front label, and it accurately underlines the classic varietal lines on display here. Nicely balanced acidity makes for a fitting close. Some 100,000 bottles were made.
  • Terlaner '17

    90 punti
    This wine is celebrating its 125th anniversary (1893-2018) with this release. The 2017 Alto Adige Terlano Classico is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. You get great value at this low price, and some 220,000 bottles were produced. The grapes are slowly fermented in stainless steel, and the wine ages partially in stainless steel (80%) with the remaining part in wood barrel. With frost and heat, this was not an easy vintage, but this classic blend of Alto Adige white grapes owes its performance to the quality of the fruit.