WINE REVIEW: Cantina Terlano, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige DOC, Italy ($23)
by Andrew Chalk
“An extremely elegant wine is the Pinot Grigio with its multifaceted fruity bouquet. It convinces with its mild, round finish and balanced acidity."
Provenance: Alto Adige
Doc denomination: Alto Adige
Variety: 100% Pinot Grigio
Yield: 63 hl/ha
Slope: 5 - 20 %
Altitude: 270- 350 m a. s. l.
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; gentle pressing and clarification of the must; slow fermentation at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, aging on the lees in steel tanks for 5-7 months.
Alcohol content: 13,5 % vol
Residual sugar: 1,5 g/l
Total acidity: 5,9 g/l
Appearance: Clear light straw;
Nose: Lemon, wet stones, peach stone, almond;
Palate: Honeydew melon, tart apples, light body.
Despite the tart apples the acid level in this wine is only medium-plus. It is enough to be lively and a worthy foil of cream sauces on pasta or fish but not so high to obliterate the subtle flavor components.