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This is the first time the Terlato family is producing wines with their name on the labels. Terlato Vineyards 2004 Pinot Grigio Russian River Valley, Terlato Vineyards 2003 Syrah Dry Creek Valley and Terlato Vineyards 2003 Angels’ Peak Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. .
By Simone Zarmati Diament
This is the first time the Terlato family is producing wines with their name on the labels. Terlato Vineyards 2004 Pinot Grigio Russian River Valley, Terlato Vineyards 2003 Syrah Dry Creek Valley and Terlato Vineyards 2003 Angels’ Peak Napa Valley Bordeaux blend, stand out in their already impressive portfolio. The Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of Paterno Wines International, the leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States is well-known as one of the greatest négociants in the wine industry for wine distributing, importing, marketing, production and vineyard ownership.
The launch of Terlato Vineyards comes as Anthony J. Terlato celebrates his 50th year in the wine industry. “To have our name on the label, we wanted it to mean something, to be special,” said Anthony Terlato. “Each of the wines needed to be a distinctive wine, from the best vineyards possible and made with the passionate commitment to quality that has characterized everything we’ve ever done.’
2004 Terlato Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Grigio ($20)
The first wine to come from the Terlato brand proves that the Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley can produce Pinot Grigio equal to its famous Pinot Noir. Made in the Italian style, the pale light straw-color wine is surprisingly delicious with ripe melon and tropical fruit aromas and flavors and crisp acidity., and quite rewarding. In contrast to how the wine is produced in Italy, a portion of the wine was barrel fermented and some of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred in both lots for several months adding small amounts to the blend until the perfect richness and balance was achieved. The main objective is a wine with bright fruit, nice mid-palette weight, fresh aromas and a crisp long finish that will pair well with a variety of foods.
2003 Terlato Vineyards Syrah Dry Creek Valley $35.00
When Anthony Terlato first tasted the great Syrah from France’s Rhône Valley 20 years ago he was so impressed he vowed that when he found the right location to grow Syrah in California to produce wines of this quality, he would do so. A few years ago the Terlato Vineyards team located the soil and climate they were looking for in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, so this glorious, dense, rich aromatic Syrah is the result. 975 cases available.