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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wine Review: Terlato Pinot Grigio 2018

From a retail store in Chicago in 1938, the Terlato family has built a storied place in the wine world through a unique vision of quality. They bring the same passion to Terlato Vineyards, where the winemaking philosophy is based upon a commitment to world-class viticulture and brilliant winemakers, and a belief in the beauty and power of great wine. When Tony and his sons, Bill and John, became winery owners and vintners in 1996, they started with one goal in mind: excellence. The concept was to produce quality wines that were as important as those the Terlato family imported and marketed during the last half century.

These guys have produced one of my favorite Pinot Grigios for years now, so there's no surprise on how this review ends. It's always good.

Along with the samples for this review I received two tall-ass tulip shaped Riedel glasses branded on the base with the Terlato logo. I can't express how much I appreciate this. Years ago I bought a nice little set of standard red wine Riedel glasses and, well, crap happens. You clank the rim on the sink faucet or the dog jumps down from the couch and whacks his tail on your glass knocking it over. Long story short, I was down to my last Riedel glass. These ones are obviously their design for Pinot Grigio but whatever; they're gorgeous. So thank you, Terlato. It won't give you extra points in this review because you won't need it, but I still have to praise the product because it deserves it.

The color of the wine is a pale straw yellow. And, guys, I ain't gonna lie: the PG Riedel glass really works for the varietal. I've got a control glass here and yeah, Terlato PG smells great in both, but everything on the nose is amplified in the PG Riedel glass. I'm not paid for this post. I have no agenda here other than telling you what I think of wine and wine products. If it's crap then I'll tell you so or not even talk about it. In fact, talking smack about something is totally up my alley. The truth is that side by side, standard wine glass vs PG Riedel, Terlato performs great in both but is hands down way better in the PG Riedel glass.

There's aromas of pear juice, peach juice, lemon peel, almonds, hay, and honey. I freaking love the smell of this wine. On the palate it's medium bodied, a rich mouthfeel that has some oiliness and minerality to it, and a bit of a sour acidity. There's flavors of pears, passion fruit, lemon, and almonds, with a salivating finish of passion fruit, freshly squeezed lemons, and almonds.

If you're looking for a $20 to $30 bottle of Pinot Grigio, Terlato is where I go. Always on point and always worth the dough.

Price: $26
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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