Grapelive: Wine of the Day July 2, 2015

2012ForadoriTeroldego2012 Foradori, Teroldego IGT, Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Italy.
Elisabetta Foradori’s main Teroldego, formerly known as Rotiliano, is a wonderful red wine from Italy’s high Dolomiti region above Trentino in the greater Alto Adige area, it is full and full of personality, especially this 2012 vintage. The new Foradori is meaty and mineral driven with a real savory spiciness along with tangy dark fruits that slowly emerge with air, this is pretty serious stuff and it does need a bit of air to fully come out of it’s shell. ¬†This impressive and complex Teroldego has a deep garnet purplish hue, a hint of bacon/grilled meat and wild herbs and dried flowers on the nose which leads to a palate of refined tannin with blackberry, plum, cherry and tart currant fruit layers as well as all spice, pepper, chalk dust and cedar. Everything feels well defined, focused and flowing in the glass, but this wine really gets much more detailed and thrilling with food, without cuisine it feels a little rustic, but it still charms, drink from 2016 to 2021.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive


Grapelive: Wine of the Day July 1, 2015

LustauOlorosonv Emilio Lustau, Almacenista Juan Garcia Jarana, Oloroso “Pata de Gallina” Medium Sherry, Jerez de la Frontera, Xerez-Jerez-Sherry, Spain.
This medium dry Oloroso Alamacenista Pato de Gallina by Lustau is luxurious and textural in the mouth with an almost sweet and creamy feel and dense complexity and charm. This is special stuff and really worthy of the search to find it, being extremely rare and exotic, without question one of the best Oloroso styles out there, along with Equipo Navazos’ special Bota series. The Lustau Almacenista Oloroso, made from select old soleras, starts with white peach, quince, nectarine, orange peel a mix of salted nuts, vanilla and cedary spices with an oily/creamy mouth feel. This is a very generous and forward style that again has a lush almost sweet impression that is very sexy and showy, but is balanced and wonderfully detailed, this is seriously decedent and lengthy sherry, perfect for sipping and great with cheeses.
($30 est. 500ml) 94 Points, grapelive