Monday, March 28, 2011
Wine of the Moment, 2007 Foradori Granato
Located in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino, Foradori is single-handedly credited with restoring one of Italy's ancient treasures to its former glory, even surpassing it. Through tireless dedication, skillful cultivation and back-breaking hard work she has brought Teroldego from obscurity to the lips of Sommeliers and wine-store owners across the globe.
The grape is only grown in Trentino, and the best appellation is Campo Rotaliano, were Foradori's vineyards are located. Genetically linked to Syrah and Lagrein, Teroldego can be easily overcropped to produce bright, fresh, balanced, fruity wines to be drunk young. But its personality is transformed if yield is restricted, when it offers lush, concentrated dark stone fruit and black cherry flavors and aromas offset by smoke, herb and bitter almond notes. It is marked by a particularly fine acidic balance and complexity, and restrained oak contact rounds out its structure.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 2007 Foradori Granato, 94 points: "Ripe, silky tannins caress the palate as the 2007 Granato emerges from the glass. Crushed, flowers, raspberries and spices meld together beautifully in this mid-weight, gracious Granato. Today the aromas and flavors are quite primary, but the wine should harmonize to a greater extent with another year or two in bottle. Subtle notes of oak linger on the elegant, polished finish. This is another superb Granato from Elisabetta Foradori."