2017 Cantina Terlano "Terlaner Classico" White Blend Alto Adige

SKU #1373110 93 points James Suckling

 This really captures the mountain freshness of this Alpine region and the minerality of the stony soils of this appellation, and marries them with extremely attractive citrus fruit and just the right amount of creaminess. Long, very pure finish. Drink or hold.  (11/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (ML)  (8/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2018 | Send Email
I've had the pleasure of selling this wine since 1999 and the 2017 is one of the best in recent memory. Appealing aromas of elderflower, mineral and gooseberry are surpassed by a bright, zesty palate with ample texture and acidity. This is an exceptionally good white that reminds of the consistently high quality of the wines emanating from Italy's Alto Adige region.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite wines for anyone looking for a merited food pairing. A blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc aged in stainless steel that just sees a touch of barrel. The Pinot Bianco gives backbone to the wine. It is filled with savory, herbal characters while the Chardonnay adds deep orchard fruit notes and the Sauvignon chimes in with fresh lemon citrus. It is balanced, textured, fresh and easily pairs with all types of food!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2018 | Send Email
From their first vintage in 1893, Cantina Terlan’s over 100-year-old tradition of blending 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc has truly stood the test of time. The nose shows lots of floral aromatics; right now the Sauvignon shows a little more. On the palate the Pinot Bianco is the backbone of the wine, giving it the structure balance and longevity while the Chardonnay adds a supple layer of richness. Fermented in stainless, the wine is then aged 20% in large oak barrels and 80% in stainless for 6 months, then blended together. Exceptional palate presence and finish. The Terlaner Classic has become a staple here at K&L over the last couple of decades. You should give it a try.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2018 | Send Email
This blend of three different grape varieties, grown in the classic district of Terlano (South-Tyrol), is as versatile a wine as you'll find from anywhere, and a seriously good value besides. A blend used quite successfully for over 100 years, this cuvee of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel vats offers fruity aromatics with light yeasty notes and a taste that is always harmonious though quite strong on the palate and very persistent.

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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