2015 Terlano Nova Domus Riserva Alto Adige DOC Italian White Blend

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About the Wine

Considered by many to be one of the finest white wines in all of Italy, this stunning blend from the jaw-dropping NE corner of Italy is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. One Master Sommelier insists it is the best white wine in Italy. If you look at the consistent ratings from all major critics below, you'll see why. 

This wine is light straw in color with golden highlights and wafting aromas of apricot, tropical fruits and clove. Multi-layered and harmonious, it unfurls honeyed mango, pineapple and vanilla swirls pierced by an intense mineral stream. Very nice with boiled lobster, baked brie, seared scallops, escargot encroute, creamy wild mushrooms, grilled shellfish and bouillabaisse.

The secret to this engaging wine is the volcanic base of the terrain and the porous, sandy topsoil. Slightly acidic and heavily mineral-infused, the wine is bestowed with astonishing attributes, including great aging ability up to 40+ years in the cellar. Voluptuous yet sophisticated, Nova Domus is a noble cuvée of named after the Neuhaus castle that looms high above Terlano. 50% of the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and the other 50% in Tonneaux. The wine matures for 12 months: 50% in big oak casks and 50% in tonneaux.

About the Winery

Founded in 1893, the Cantina Terlano winery is now one of the leading wine growers’ cooperatives in South Tyrol. 143 growers combine efforts to farm over 300 acres, producing over 1.5 million bottles of wine a year. The winery produces 70% white wines and 30% red wines, all of which are DOC quality. 


Tre Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso

The 2015 Alto Adige Terlano Riserva Nova Domus is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine undergoes slow fermentation in large oak barrel and partial malolactic fermentation (only for the Chardonnay and the Pinot Bianco). The wine is aged in barrel for 12 months, but the final blend is not made until three months before bottling. Some 25,000 bottles are released as a result. The bouquet is seamless and beautifully intense with a fresh medley of stone fruit, honey, mango, lemon mousse, saffron and lightly toasted almond. The full-bodied mouthfeel is creamy and rich. ~ 94pts WA


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