From the Cellar: Terlan!
7 Decades of Amazing White Wines
A First: Today
One can see the threads that binds these wines: clarity, perfume, and tension. Of course Cantina Terlan has worked hard to produce the best wines it could, but it never worked hard to produce the best wine. Perod. Until now. Few of us will be fortunate enough to sample the new Terlano Primo. Only 2,850 bottles were produced of this inaugural vintage, which in fact is not quite a vintage, coming mostly from the crop of 2011 with small additions of wines from both 2009 (5%) and 2010 (10%). And it is expensive, like ‘we are world class’ expensive. That’s probably close to $200 a bottle for those without the secret conversion tool. Time will tell if it stands up to the great wines of the past, but today it is full of promise. A wine to watch out for, in ten or 20 years time.
Only sees big oak, one year on lees
Fruity on the nose though with a cool green peach and mango fruit character that is immersed in dusty notes of pollen, mineral and white pepper. Clear on entry with a, tight, layered core of white peach and apricot fruit that leads to a rich finish. Resonant with vibrant minerality a downright salty on the finish, this is quite elegant and bursting with potential. 93pts