2011 Foradori, Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, Italy.
This long skin contact Amphora aged white from Elisabetta Foradori is a wonderful and unique white from the Dolomites. The grape skin contact gives a deeper yellow hue and a savory edge to this beautifully crafted wine and a deeper dimension of flavors that include tangy peach, nectarine, dried pear and loads of lemon/lime with orange rind and sweet herbs while a dusty mineral essence and a mouthwatering saline element is ever present. The slightly cloudy appearance and chalky palate feel only add to the intrigue and excitement in this wild and natural wine made from the rare Manzoni Bianco grape found in these mountains near Trentino and Foradori masters, grown in the ancient pergola training system. This wine, while not an aggressive “Orange” wine is very different and totally unique in style, but very delicious and detailed making it a great food wine, especially with fish and cheeses, though cured and smoked meats would suit this wine nicely as well.
($36 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive