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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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2011 - Wine & Spirits

Cantina Terlano gets its name from the high-elevation village that lies just west of the riverAdige, which brings a mountain chill don from the Swiss Alps. The winery is a co-op – but not in any industrial sense. Rather, it’s a collective effort of local farmers – 24 of the originally – who sought to increase the quality of their wines by combining forces. Their early efforts earned recognition abroad, taking the silver medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, when Alto Adige was still under Austrian rule.
Their labels still display a mix of Italian and Germanic names (around 86 percent of local residents claim German as their first language). But if their labels are linguistically muddled, their classic varietal wines are the epitome of purity – their 2010 was the best Müller Thurgau we tasted this year. Of the single-vineyard wines, the 2009 Winkl Sauvignon impressed us with its concentrated lemon and green pear fruit and the muscularity it attained with extra time on the lees. The selection bottlings, which carry dreamy, metaphysical sounding names (Quarz, Lunare, Porphyr), are some of the most complex and age-worthy wines of northeastern Italy.
Although Terlano has become known for its whites, its Pinot Nero achieves a remarkable mineral depth and energy. Rudi Kofler and his crew are meticulous in the cellar; the team keeps detailed accounts of the performance of each individual vine. Along with agronomist Norbert Spitaler, he also maintains close relationships with the growers, helping them to meet their strict quality requirements. “I try to carve out the distinguishing marks of our special terroir”, he says, “to get delivered the best raw material possible.”
The village of Terlano, along with the hamlets of Siebeneich and Vilpian, from has become known as the “asparagus triangle” after the area’s second delicacy. Lightly dressed white asparagus with a Sauvignon or Müller Thurgau from Cantina Terlano in the springtime is a hard combination to beat.

  • Pinot Noir '09

    92 points
    A Pinot with light, forest cherry flavors energized by complex minerality, this wine has the feel of pure mountain-grown fruit. The tannin has a red earth tone, tightening around the sweet fruit and lending the wine a touch of austerity.
  • Gewürztraminer '09

    90 points
    A substantial and robust Gewürztraminer, this has scents of rosewater and orange marmalade, feeling both full bodied and elegant. It's a warm and juicy white.
  • Winkl '09

    90 points
    This wine's broad lemon and pear flavors are amplified by aging on the lees, gaining complex toasty notes. Earthy minerality gives it the richness and weight of a red wine.
  • Nova Domus '07

    93 points
    Based on Pinot Bianco blended with Chardonnay and Sauvignon, this complex white layers oak, earth, white peach and lime marmalade in a savory brioche of flavor. All that flavor is reined into a tightly focused finish, with the taste of the sun and the earth captured in the fruit.
  • Müller Thurgau '10

    90 points
    The fruit scents of this wine start out as peach fuzz and pear skin, a greenness that transitions to litchi and pineapple flavors without turning sweet. It finishes cool with a pleasing rasp to the acidity.