Last night we were celebrating one of the best cooperatives in the wine world, Cantina Terlano. Coming from Alto Adige, known as Süd Tyrol amongst Deutsch speaking community, Cantina Terlano is mostly focused on white wines, with Nova Domus being their premium label. Nova Domus is cuvee of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, with the first two fermenting in large oak vessels and aging on their lees for the following 12 months. Assemblage is the same in every vintage, and thanks to @passione.italiana_beograd
we had a chance to try the vertical consisted of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 2009 vintage left deepest impression on me so I would like to share my tasting note on that one: "deep golden in color, oily viscosity, you almost get a feeling that it's going to be a sweet wine, it's so luscious. Nose is evolved, with slightly pronounced aroma intensity, quince is the chief when it comes to fruit flavors, honey, vanilla and butter notes, which indicate malolactic fermentation occurred. Seems that it was a very warm vintage '09, you get walnuts and almonds which can be held as tertiary notes in this white. Wine has around 3 grams of sugar, but with this structure it's really not perceivable on palate. Mouth-filling, almost full bodied powerful wine, it was served at 14 degrees, so it's 14% abv was detectable, however we didn't mind. Strong minerality on the palate, crushed stone, quince and compote of pears. At it's peak, but no rush, it's going to perform at highest level for at least 8 more years, if provided with proper storage place.