Spotlight on Indigenous Italian White Wine: Cantina Terlan Terlaner Bianco Classico 2014

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Sadly Alto Adige remains one of the poorest represented important white wine regions in B.C. The wines can be found with greater frequency in the U.S. but are still harder to come by than they should be. Briding the borderland between Italy and Austria, both geographically and stylistically, wines from Alto Adige are aromatic, alpine fresh and quite fruity. They are, true to Italian form, diverse food wines that cover off most high points in a diverse diet of ingredients and ethnicities.

A Classic Alto Adige White Blend

Terlan makes a large range of wines from the classic Alto Adige varieties, both mono-varietal wines, blended vineyard sites and a top cuvee. This ‘Terlaner’ white blend is from the vineyard of the same name and is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. It is whole cluster pressed and fermented in steel on the lees using temperature control.

Many may think of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as French rather than Italian, but they have been grown in Alto Adige for decades and this style of blending is uniquely of that region. Of course Pinot Bianco has been a mainstay of Italian wine for generations. I thus include a blend such as this one in the spotlight.

This blend is a well-made mid-week wine that is true to the high quality and diversity of Alto Adige wines. This particular blend is not meant to be in the top tier of wines from the winery or the region, but it is a strong wine with typicity, aromatics and texture. It is also from an excellent producer whose top tier wines are outstanding and considered to be reference points for the region, though they are not in this market (at least not yet – hopefully Marquis imports these in a future shipment). As an added bonus, the Terlaner is a nice introduction to Alto Adige white blends for those studying wine and seeking out examples in our selection-impoverished market.

Very Good+
$39 + tax at Marquis Wine Cellars

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