2012 Catina Terlan, Winkl, Sauvignon Blanc, Alto Adige, Italy. (Terlano)
As a huge fan of this winery in Alto Adige, I am always excited to taste new releases and or library selections, as I have been lucky enough to have had on a few occasions, Terlan has an amazing track record of long lasting whites, about 7 years ago I tasted a Chardonnay of theirs from 1974, and it was fresh and sublime. So, I do have certain expectations, but almost without fail Terlan amazes my palate with something really special, and this 2012 Winkl just knocked my socks off, it is pure Sauvignon Blanc and comes from the Italian Dolomites, and it’s gorgeous. Terlan makes wonderful Gewurztramier, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc wines, but their Sauvignon Blanc is legendary, to me anyway, and this single vineyard wine rocks my world. The 2012 Terlan Winkl Sauvignon Blanc starts with lime blossoms, mineral and mountain herbs on the nose, but the palate explodes with a huge taste of peach flesh, melon, lemon/lime and hints of grapefruit along with chalky wet stones, steely mineral tones and a touch of tropical fruit. This is a juicy white with loads of character, charm and playfulness, I love the fresh intensity and the long citrus infused finish, the aftertaste is zingy and tangy with that wonderful summer peach flavor lingering on and on.
($34 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive