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3 Giugno 2013

Antonio Galloni awards 95 points to Granato 2009

95 pts

Granato 2009

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

Once again, the 2009 Granato is flat-out dazzling. The marriage of flashy, opulent fruit and intense  underlying minerality results in a wine of superb completeness. Readers will find a wine of immense and immediate pleasure in the 2009. The soft contours and radiant personality are so compelling. Granato fans should cellar the 2010 for a few years and drink the 2009 in the meantime. This is another absolutely glorious wine from Elisabetta Foradori. The 2009 was aged in equal parts cask and barrique.

Drinking window: 2014 - 2024

 

94+ pts

Granato 2010

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

The 2010 Granato bursts from the glass with expressive red fruit and bright, floral inflected aromatics, all supported by the silkiest of tannins. Sweet, perfumed and impeccable, the 2010 impresses for its balance and structure. Still a bit clenched, the 2010 will surely benefit from another 2-3 years in bottle, but it is already virtually impossible to resist. Elisabetta Foradori aged the 2010 in roughly 2/3rd  cask and 1/3rd neutral French oak barrels. Stylistically, the 2010 represents another move in the direction of finesse. It is a remarkable wine in every way.

Drinking window: 2015 - 2030

 

93+ pts

Sgarzon 2010 Teroldego

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

The 2010 Teroldego Sgarzon emerges from sandy soils and a cool microclimate influenced by the nearby mountains. The Sgarzon is richer and silkier than the Morei, in a style that resembles the flagship Granato in its textural finesse. Firm yet polished tannins frame a core of expressive red fruit in this harmonious, impeccably balanced Teroldego. The 2010 was fermented in terra cotta amphorae where it was aged for about eight months before being moved into cask to finish its aging.

Drinking window: 2015 - 2022

 

93 pts

Morei 2010 Teroldego

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

The 2010 Teroldego Morei, from sandy/rocky soils on an old riverbed, is built on pure energy and minerality. There is a nervous tension to the 2010 that is immensely appealing. I very much like the depth and insistence in the fruit. Readers will have to give the 2010 another year or two in bottle. This gorgeous Trentino red just needs a little time. The Morei was fermented in terra cotta amphorae where it was aged for about eight months before being moved into cask to finish its aging.

Drinking window: 2014 - 2020

 

92 pts

Foradori 2010 Teroldego

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

A strikingly beautiful wine, the 2010 Foradori is firing on all cylinders today. Sweet red berries, flowers and mint are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2010 is a decidedly bright, focused wine laced with high-toned aromatics and flavors, all supported by an attractive vein of saline infused minerality. This is one of the most elegant, refined wines I can remember tasting here. The Foradori is essentially the same  line that was previously marketed as Teroldego Rotaliano. Best of all, it is a fabulous value.

Drinking window: 2013 - 2020

 

 (91-93) pts

Nosiola 2010

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

2010 Nosiola Fontanasanta is quite a bit more focused than the 2009. Bright floral notes meld into white fleshed fruit in this taut, energetic wine. Today, the 2010 is a bit tight, but it should start to open up in another year or two. Veins of underlying minerality add tension and verve on the delineated finish.

Drinking window: 2013 - 2015

 

91 pts

Nosiola 2009

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

The 2009 Nosiola wraps around the palate with hints of dried pears, crushed flowers and spices, all in a soft, enveloping style that is quite pleasing. I especially like the focus and finesse of the finish. This mid-weight, gracious white continues to blossom nicely in bottle.

Drinking window: 2013 - 2015

 

(90-92) pts

Manzoni Bianco 2011

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

Foradori’s 2011 Manzoni Bianco Fontanasanta wraps around the palate with juicy yellow-fleshed fruit, spices and crushed flowers and. Hints of smoke and incense add complexity on the exotic, beautifully delineated finish. Stylistically, the Incrocio Manzoni is a bit bigger and more voluptuous than the Nosiola. Foradori aged the Manzoni Bianco in acacia casks.

Drinking window: 2013 - 2016

 

 (89-91) pts

Nosiola 2011

Mezzolombardo, Trentino, Italy

The 2011 Nosiola Fontanasanta comes across as a bit of a cross between the 2009 and 2010. It has some of the softness of the 2009 and the energy and focus of the 2010. This attractive, mid-weight wine should drink beautifully over the next few years. Foradori did a great job in this warm, precocious vintage.

Drinking window: 2013 - 2016

 

Producer commentary

I was deeply struck with the wines I tasted at Foradori a few months ago. The winery is stripped down to  the bare essentials, with terra cotta amphorae playing a greater role than in the past. Elisabetta Foradori is able to coax remarkable finesse from her Teroldego, the red grape that is native to this part of Trentino. The entry-level Foradori (previously labeled Teroldego Rotaliano) is fabulous and a great introduction to the estate. The Morei and Sgarzon are both unique and compelling, while the flagship Granato continues to become more refined with each passing vintage. The whites are equally worthy of attention, although I admit I gravitate towards the reds in the range. Both whites see skin contact, which gives them intensity of color and gorgeous text ural breadth. Foradori ages her Manzoni Bianco in cask, while the Nosiola spends eight months in amphora. Readers should do whatever they can to check out these magnificent wines.

Producer commentary

Elisabetta Foradori has an unmistakable soulfulness and the wines very reflect that aesthetic. Her 2010 reds are simply beautiful. Readers may recall that in 2009 Foradori returned to bottling her Teroldegos separately,

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