Foradori Granato 2007
Other Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Elisabetta Foradori has become one of Italy's top "superstar" winemakers. Without a doubt, she is Italy's finest producer of wines made from the Teroldego grape variety, one of the country's oldest and finest traditional grapes. The Teroldego grape is genetically related to Syrah, and here in the northern Trentino's mountain valleys it reaches its zenith in the subzone known as Campo Rotaliano. All the Foradori vineyards lie in the side valley of Campo Rotaliano, and it is from these beautiful vineyards that Elisabetta Foradori is quietly producing some of Italy's most complex, deep and compelling red wines.
Granato is her top of the line bottling; it represents the finest selection of Teroldego in the Foradori holdings, and is built to age gracefully for many years. This bottling is aged in small oak casks for twelve to fifteen months, seventy percent of which are new (though lightly toasted) oak. Granato from Foradori is one of the great, unsung brilliant wines of Italy, and is a perennial winner of Gambero Rosso's coveted Tre Bicchieri award.
The Wine Advocate - "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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022."
For more than two decades, the Foradori family has been associated with some of the most authentic wine production to be found in Trentino. The winery is currently managed by the mother and daughter team of Gabriella and Elisabetta Foradori. They own 80 hectares planted to vine in an area north of Trento, known as the Campo Rotaliano. The gravel soils of this flat valley bottom were formed by the Noce River which over the centuries has left a deep limestone and granite deposits. The Campo is cooled by winds from the surrounding mountains which create a microclimate with a long ripening season and a late harvest. Foradori produces about 1500 cases a year. Elisabeth Foradori has taken rare autochthonous Teroldego to heights of international acclaim, her fascination with this variety fired my excellent examples of 20-year old bottlings left to her by her father. In the past ten years her researches have lead her to make drastic changes in vineyard management, lowering yields significantly and increasing the density of plantings. View all Foradori Wines
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Notable FactsReds are likely to be Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, along with a few local varieties, most notably Schiaval. The white grapes are Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Traminer and Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the most-planted and most revered, while Traminer hails from Austria and has an amazingly light body, but is also intensely floral and delicious. Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio are the international players that make lively whites of good value. The sweet spot of Trentino Alto-Adige is Vino Santo- a wine not to be confused with Tuscany's Vin Santo. Vino Santo (which means holy wine) is a sweet wine of the area made from dried grapes. Not found as much as Vin Santo, but still a treat.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.