2018 - James Suckling

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2017 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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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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2014 - James Suckling

"Speechless. [...] One of the greatest dry white of Italy recently released."

Last summer, James and I were lucky to be among the first to sample Cantina Terlano’s Terlaner Primo, the new “super blend” from Alto Adige of 85 percent pinot bianco, 10 percent chardonnay and five percent sauvignon blanc. Not only are the grape varieties chosen from the best parcels of the estate, but even different vintages are meticulously assembled – the majority being 2011, but with smaller proportions of 2010 and 2009.

As Klaus Gasser, head of marketing and sales, is quick to point out: “Our aim with the Terlaner Primo was to provide richness but also dimension, depth and tension. However, our main concern was to follow in the tradition, which at our winery means blending pinot bianco and dates back to 1893.” James scored the Terlaner Primo 97 points, calling it one of the “greatest dry white wines of Italy.” It most definitely stands at the pinnacle of a long and awe-inspiring tradition.

  • Terlaner I Grande Cuvée 2011 '11

    97 points
    I can't think of a greater pinot bianco or pinot blanc than this. The aromas and flavors are so subtle but complex with minerals, flint, hints of flowers, sliced pear and apple. Full-bodied with creamy acidity and a long finish. A perfect fruit/acid balance. About 85% pinot bianco and the rest chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. A selection of the best grapes from here. Only 2,450 bottles made. Speechless. Already sold out in the US. One of the greatest dry white of Italy recently released.