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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Foradori Granato 2007
Foradori Granato 2007
(search item no. 103354)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Foradori:

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.