2016 Terlano Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg (750ml)

Pinot Blanc from Sudtirol, Alto Adige, Italy


I admit that after I tasted this wine for work, I brought the remnants of the bottle up to my Roman terrace (on one of the first warm days of early spring) and polished off the rest of the bottle with friends. The 2016 Alto Adige Terlano Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is just that kind of wine: It invites you to share its bounty and beauty with the people you most respect and admire. I just love this wine, and this is one of the best vintages I have tasted. Very few Italian dry white wines have scored this high, but this is a sure celebrity. This Riserva offers excellent Pinot Bianco concentration with generous layers of stone fruit, pear and poached apple. The finish is long and smooth. Even if you leave the bottle open for a long time, it evolves, but never oxidizes. The wine undergoes both fermentations in oak and then ages on the lees in oak barrel for 12 months. Some 55,000 bottles were created. Compared to the other top-shelf wines from Cantina Terlano, this is the best value of all.

95 points, Monica Larner, WIne Advocate (Jul 2019)

Love the dried-flower and pie-crust aromas to the sliced-apple character. Full body. Very fruity and vivid. Flavorful finish. Excellent. This will change your mind about pinot bianco. Drink now.

95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)

Luminous golden-tinged straw-yellow. Very clean candied citrus peel, baked apple, fresh pear, beeswax and mineral aromas complicated by white flowers on the complex nose. Then very pure and fresh, with the Pinot Bianco–typical mellow mouthfeel lifted here by juicy, vibrant acidity. Finishes long and clean. The Vorberg is best when the grapes aren’t superripe and Pinot Bianco’s and Terlano’s characteristics are able to shine through, as they do in this vintage.

94 points, Ian D'Agata, Vinous (Feb 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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