High praise heaped on this Pinot Grigio

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The 2011 Cantina Terlano Alto Adige Pino Grigio is an Italian wine originating from South Tyrol in Italy's northernmost province, near the Italian Alps. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Cantina Terlano Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is consistently one of the best Pinot Grigio’s in the market. The grape varietal is Pinot Gris, which is a mutant clone of Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Pinot Grigio has been misunderstood and overproduced to a point where it’s personality has taken on a faceless identity. Many versions are over-simplified and diluted for restaurant purposes.

This rendition from a winery cooperative, Cantina Terlano, originates from South Tyrol in Italy’s northernmost province, which is landscaped by the Italian Alps. Hiking and mountain climbing are the pastime in a region where vineyards lie along steep terraces that capture the sun’s essence and transfer it into a ripe expressive wine. The members of this cooperative are quality conscious and, hence, have attracted the praise of the global wine community in the way they fashion Pinot Grigio.

This wine has a muted yellow color with a slight pink rim. The aromatics are refined with floral elements of tangerine and stone fruits. The wine is laced with a buttery viscosity of white peach and candied lemons, yet the juicy richness of this wine still speaks of elegance on the finish. This is a wine worth remembering as the benchmark of Pinot Grigio’s.

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W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.