Wine of the Week: Foradori 2011 Teroldego, Trentino-Alto Adige

It’s no secret, Italian wines are fantastic. The wines of Trentino-Alto Adige in northern Italy are by far some of our favorites. Bordered by Austria and Switzerland, it’s an extremely mountainous region that lies within the Dolomites and southern Alps. There are many intriguing grape varieties grown in this unique alpine climate, such as Teroldego, Lagrein, and Müller-Thurgau. The high elevations, rocky soil, warm summers, and cold, snowy winters produce wines that are intensely aromatic and fresh.

Now that fall has arrived, so has a place on our dinner table for full-bodied red wines. This lovely red is from Elisabetta Foradori, who began converting her estate to Biodynamic farming in the year 2000. It’s made from 100% Teroldego, and it’s her flagship wine. Dark in color and intense, it’s full of fresh black fruit flavors peppered with minty herbal notes. On the palate, it’s surprisingly soft and supple, with fresh acidity and minerality. If you love full-bodied red wines, give this one a shot. It’s showing beautifully now and will age gracefully for years to come.

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Blend: 100% Teroldego
Region: Italy>Trentino-Alto Adige>Vigneti Delle Dolomiti
Vineyard: Certified Biodynamic. South-facing vineyard with alluvial, sandy, stony soil.
Tasting Notes: A striking, inky red wine with aromas of fresh black fruit, mint, and spice.  On the palate, the wine is silky, soft, and polished, with excellent length, texture, juicy acidity, and saline minerality. An unbelievable wine at an incredible price.
Food Pairing: Filet mignon with roasted mushrooms, smoked sausages, salumi
Production Notes: Hand-harvested fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts in open top tanks. Aged for 15 months in a blend of neutral botte and stainless steel tanks.
Winemaker: Elisabetta Foradori
Bio: Elisabetta Foradori lives at her estate in Northern Italy, near the Austrian border. Originally established by her grandfather, the estate was later taken over by her father who died very young. Being the only child, Elisabetta took over the winery’s operations at the age of 20. She farms 18 hectares of primarily Teroldego, a red grape variety indigenous to the area. In the year 2000, Elisabetta began converting the estate to certified organic and Biodynamic.

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