2009ForadoriGranato2009 Foradori, Granato, Teroldego, Vignetti Delle Dolomiti IGT, Italy.
Elisabetta Foradori is crafting some amazing wines from her tiny estate near Trentino in the Dolomites, close to the Alto Adige region of Italy, her Teroldego reds especially stand out and her Granato is absolutely spectacular. This full bodied red has density, richness and class with loads of unique character imparted on the wine through artisan passion and pure terroir. This flagship bottling from Foradori is all from biodynamic vineyard sites and aged in neutral oak barrels from about two years. The nose is refined with subtle red fruits, wild flowers and soft spiciness leading to a lush palate of dried red currants, raspberry, cherry and plum fruit, pepper and cedar notes and mountain herbs, plus subtle smoke and vanilla. This wine is balanced and well defined with nothing glaring or out of place, it certainly has intensity and vigor, but everything flows smoothly and the finish goes on forever, this is beautiful wine with a deep soulful expression.
($50 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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