Wine Review: 2008 Kellerei/Cantina Terlan “Terlaner Classico”

The Kellerei or Cantina Terlan Classico blend is another dual identity wine from Alto Adige. Part German, part Italian, I can’t get enough of wines from this region. Terlan is one of the region’s oldest wine cooperatives, and today has about 100 members. As Glenn and I have said before, don’t fear the term cooperative. As this entry level wine proves, these folks take quality seriously. The Terlaner Classico is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, which are, respectively, the third, fourth, and fifth most widely planted white grapes in the region. (Pinot Grigio is first, Gewürztraminer is second.)

The Classico is really easy to like and enjoy. An abundance of apple, minerality, and floral aromas with pineapple and honey adding to the palate. Round and soft (but not at all flabby), with a bit of spritz on the mid-palate.  Medium acidity and body. Clean, lingering finish. I thought it was very good on the first day, and slightly better the next day. Very good.

At Martignetti’s for $15.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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