Wine Enthusiast Names Terlato Friuli a “Pinot Grigio Worth Savoring”
Featured in the July 2016 issue of Wine Enthusiast, the Terlato Vineyards 2014 Friuli Pinot Grigio was named as one of five “Great Grigios” from the Colli Friuli Orientali region, earning an 88-point score. Following this article, the Terlato Pinot Grigio continued to gain positive attention in Wine Enthusiast, as the publication later gave the 2015 vintage an 89-point ranking.
Crediting the “Father of Pinot Grigio,” Tony Terlato, for introducing the varietal to American drinkers, writer Kerin O’Keefe notes that since the 1970s, the Pinot Grigio category has become increasingly populated. She states:
“Today, finding a quality Pinot Grigio is a minefield. Offerings range from bland and dilute to full-bodied and elegant. Prices vary accordingly, as do opinions. As a result, many wine lovers avoid the category altogether, but they’re missing out.”
Drawing attention to Anthony Terlato’s focus on “quality, not quantity,” O’Keefe praises the Terlato family’s choice to partner with Italy’s top viticulturalists, Simonit and Sirch, creating their own high-quality Pinot Grigio in one of the “finest growing zones for white wine in Italy.”
In her 88-point review of the 2014 Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio, O’Keefe provides the following tasting notes:
“Aromas of beeswax, elderflower and white orchard fruit emerge in the glass. On the lively palate, zesty acidity energizes creamy white peach, green pear and citrus, while a mineral note backs up the tangy finish.”