Terlato Family Vineyards

(707) 963-1871 200 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
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After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an anticipation and excitement. After all, it’s a new birth. When I discovered Pinot Grigio in Italy, I was taken by its fresh aromas, its crispness, freshness and the way it paired effortlessly with foods. It was virtually unknown when I brought it to the United States in 1979. Not surprisingly, an entire nation of wine drinkers embraced Pinot Grigio for the same reasons I did. Today Pinot Grigio is the most requested wine in fine restaurants, and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is the quality leader for the varietal. The U.S. was introduced to a new wine, as well as a new level of quality from Italy. I still feel about it today the same way I did the first time I tasted it. When I tasted Syrah from the Rhone Valley, dense, rich and aromatic, it immediately captured my fascination as well. It was a wine that I knew could stand alongside the best of another classic, Cabernet Sauvignon, because the taste Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Location is Forestville CA. in the middle of the RRV. I am about 12 minutes from Charles Shulz Sonoma County Airport (STS). You can fly direct to STS from SEA, PDX , SAN and LAX for a price or Airport Express runs busses from SFO and OAK to STS. The bus runs every hour on the 1/2 hour from OAK and SFO. The ride to STS is 2hr 15min. $34 per adult... Read More

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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Top Chef Pinot Noir 2010


    Rich, fleshy black cherry fruit greets the nose along with a touch of meatiness, some finely nuanced oak spice notes all laid out over a base of subtle earth and mushroom. Soft and round on entry, this gains tension in the mouth on the mid-palate with some cheek grabbing tannins. the fruit mirrors the nose with its earth bent, black cherry, cola... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Quickfire Top Chef Napa Cabernet 2009


    Tight and low on the nose with subtle aromas of milk chocolate and dried herbs adding detail to the vanilla and sweet black cherry core on the nose. The oak is well used here but does lend a notable baking spice quality, toasty and sweet to the nose. Rather cool and focused in the mouth, deep with fine acids and polished tannins supporting subtl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 2013 brought new mega wine/beer/cigar stores to the Portland, Or./Vancouver Wa. area. We went from going from little wine shops with limited selections to 2 stores with over 2500 different wines each.This is nice because you can plan ahead, check your wine rack or cellar and go on line to pick your selections. Once you've determined what you wan... Read More

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  • Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2011


    Spicy on the nose with a touch of wood helping to frame the core of heirloom apple fruit and stony minerality. Relatively big and fruity in the mouth, this offers a lovely sweet/bitter counterpoint in the mouth with fine depth to the slightly creamy flavors of green apples and pears that dominate the palate along with a vein of jammy berry fruit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

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  • In 2004, the movie Sideways put a major dent in California Merlot sales when Miles uttered the immortal words “I am not drinking fucking Merlot!” At that point there were a lot of ripe, insipid Merlots on the market—many grown in areas that were too hot for the grape to ripen slowly, gaining full physiological maturity—so Miles’ sentiments reson... Read More

    From the article Napa Merlots

  • Terlato Vineyards Angels' Peak 2008


    Bitter chocolate and mushroom aromas dominate the nose along with black currant fruit. There's a nice cigar wrapper aroma on entry here which precedes the delivery of rich bitter chocolate-dusted black currant and plum fruit, but this is a touch dense on the palate featuring some acidity and rich, quite ripe fruit in both texture and flavors. So... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terlato Vineyards Devil's Peak 2008


    Rather herbal and red fruited on the nose with an underlay of pomegranate and lovely nuanced red plum aromas. With hints of charcoal and grilled meats on entry, this feels at first like it's going to be quite powerful but those aromas quickly give way to a medium-bodied, red fruited wine full of well-managed tannins supporting plum and red berry... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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