Girlan Winery is located in the Northern Italian region known as the Alto Adige. It is an important winery for the region as it is relatively old (formed in 1923) and is a cooperative that pays its memebers based on quality, not quantity.
It has been recognized by major review publications (such as Gambero Rosso below) for this outstanding quality, and resulting value.
“Girlan is presenting a long series of absolutely flawless wines, something not to be taken lightly when the winery produces more than 1,000,000 bottles per year. These are the fruits of efforts by its 230 members and the sure hand of “Kellermeister” Gebhard Eisenstecken. All the wines here are highly reliable in quality and sensibly priced. To sum up, this historic winery has rapidly carved itself a fundamental niche amongst the best producers in the region. “ - Gambero Rosso
Here are my notes for the wines tasted, today:
Pinot Grigio DOC "Filadonna" (Alto Adige) 2004
Shows a touch of color, almost brassy; chalky, mineraly on the nose; smooth on the palate with a clean quality; finishes with just a touch of oxidative flavors mixed with velvety chalk and a slight almond note on the finish. I happen to like this style that has been produced by having a bit of age on the wine. I would suggest though that this vintage is not for the long-term and should be finished-up through the next few months.
Gewürztraminer DOC "Aimè" (Alto Adige) 2005
Bright, straw-gold color; flowery aromas on the nose; spicey, wheat beer/banana aromas; clean with loads of minerality on the palate; quite fresh and drinkable through the finish. The wine is generally more in the dry camp so it does not come across as cloying in any way. Very nice.
Pinot Noir DOC "Patricia" (Alto Adige) 2003
Garnet color; dry leaves, sweet cherries and summer plums on the nose; smooth and supple on the palate; finishes somewhat clean and quick. Nice enough, but nothing special.
Lagrein DOC "Laurin" (Alto Adige) 2004
Quite dark in color, purple/black, opaque; grapey and smokey on the nose with added aromas of coffee/mocha; smootha nd quite rich on the palate; juicy and jammy flavors continue through the somewhat long, dry finsh. Quite good.