Gran Vino de Guarda Pontac Rioja, Bodegas Luis Alegre
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Grape VarietyPinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
StyleFull Bodied & Rich
Only made in selected vintages, in which all the climatic factors are just right and interact perfectly to enhance the character of the terroir. A blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon from Vorberg, Kreuth and Winkl, matured in big oak barrels for 12 months followed by a further year in the bottle and the addition of a small portion of earlier vintages.
Cantina Terlano's objective was to create a cuvée that reveals the very heart of its history and summarizes – in just a few select bottles – the best of Terlano’s wine-making culture; in short, to produce the best Terlaner in the world.
Rich and complex on the nose, it develops salty mineral notes on the palate. The wine’s elegance and perfect balance are the product of its remarkable structure and subtle texture. It has an extremely long finish which leaves its mark in memory of the drinker.
I could devote and entire edition of MoneyWeek to the notes that I wrote about the wines, but you only have to remember the name Terlano. My featured estate cuvée, a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, is the first step on a life-changing journey into this unique co-operative winery which was founded back in 1893. The merchants listed sell this wine and a few other bottlings, too. Suffice to say that if you have the chance to taste any Rarità bottlings or indeed the new I Grand Cuvée, which was previewed during my tasting, then you should drop everything to do so.
Matthew Jukes (Money Week April 2014)