Foradori Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
How could we feature alpine Italian wines without including the Queen of Teroldego herself, Elisabetta Foradori and her family in Trentino? Located in the village of Mezzolombardo, the Foradori family has transformed what was once a small family estate producing somewhat internationally inspired bold reds, into a full on polyculture paradise high in the mountains. Elisabetta's children now spearhead the majority of the work in the vines and cellar, continuing on the path she set off on in the early aughts, focusing on biodynamic farming principles, shorter and softer macerations, often with whole-cluster inclusions, and the incorporation of unique fermentation and aging vessels with a strong preference for clay amphora.
First bottled in the 1960's, the Foradori Rosso is the flagship of the estate and the benchmark of the Teroldego grape. Made from vines planted from between 1956-2005 on sandy Dolomitic limestone soils on the famed Camp Rotaliano plateau, grapes are hand harvested and fermented with native yeast in cement tanks with whole cluster inclusion. Aged in used barrel and cement, and bottled unfiltered with a tiny addition of sulfur.
Teroldego, for me, presents as the perfect marriage of what I love most about Syrah and Gamay. Dark in color, but bright and fresh on the nose, with tart, berry fruit, violet and cannabis aromatics. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, boasting juicy, brambly raspberry, blood orange and dried lavender, backed by refreshing acidity and fine tannin. Will play very well with tomato-based dishes, or anything coming off the grill.
[Kirk Sutherland, July 2021]