• Wines of Elisabetta Foradori on 7/21

    Saturday the 21st from 3-7pm
    How can one try to describe the wines of Elisabetta? It’s easy to say that, in this case, the grape does not fall far from the vine or the hand that cultivated it. Foradori - immediately striking, gracefully elegant, discerningly tasteful, soberly serious while at the same time wry and playful, and above all always generous and sincere. Wait, is that Elisabetta or her wines? In fact, it could easily be used to describe one or the other.

    For the first time in Bothell's history we will be tasting the wines from Elisabetta Foradori. We normally carry one of her wines but I figured...let's roll the whole lineup out on a hot summer day.

    Here they are...

    2016 Foradori Manzoni Bianco - Manzoni Bianco is a cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and grapes are sourced from the Fontanasanta vineyards. This has delicate white flower and stone fruit notes with the Pinot Blanc bringing texture and creaminess. Focused and precise with honey on the finish. Serve cool but not cold.

    2016 Foradori Morei - 100% Teroldego. As with all Foradori wines: certified-biodynamic farming; hand harvest; fermentation with indigenous yeasts; minimal sulfur use (not until racking and bottling). Like all of the estate's reds, the fruit for Morei comes from the Campo Rotaliano plateau, a broad, flat, sunny, well-drained expanse of limestone-and-granite-rich vineyards tucked up at high altitude in the shadow of the Dolomites. The vines for Morei--which means "dark" in local dialect--average 30 years old, are wire-trained and come from a 2.5-hectare parcel of stonier soils.

    Like the other single-site Teroldego, Sgarzon, the Morei spends 8 months on its skins in clay amphorae, untouched until blending and resting in cement before bottling. Compared to the sandier-soiled Sgarzon, Morei tends to have a darker, denser, more brooding character with chewier tannins and a stronger mineral finish. Interestingly, because of the effect of aging in clay, Morei, like its sister bottling Sgarzon, is ready and released before the more traditionally aged Foradori Teroldego.

    2016 Foradori Pinot Grigio 'Fuoripista' - Pinot Grigio "Fuoripista" is a very expressive wine, vinified in terracotta jars on the skins. Rosé gold, engaging macerated hints due to the longer stay on the skins, from savory finish and tannins that closes the drink. Wine made from Traditional Agriculture and Winemaking

    2015 Foradori Teroldego - Funny how the Teroldego is supposed to be Elisabetta’s “basic” wine but after seeing a few more months in barrel, this is nothing less than perfection and mind-blowing juice. No need to decant, just pop and pour.

    2015 Foradori Granato - 100% Teroldego. As with all Foradori wines: certified-biodynamic farming; hand harvest; fermentation with indigenous yeasts; minimal sulfur use (not until racking and bottling). Like all of the estate's reds, the fruit for Granato comes from the Campo Rotaliano plateau, a broad, flat, sunny, well-drained expanse of limestone-and-granite-rich vineyards tucked up at high altitude in the shadow of the Dolomites. That said, several things stand out about Granato. It was Foradori's first riserva-level Teroldego, first bottled by Elisabetta in 1986 and continuously since then. It comes from the original estate vines, all still pergola-trained, the oldest going back to 1938 and the youngest to 1956 (a parcel totalling 4 hectares). And lastly, it is the most traditional of the special Teroldego bottlings, not amphora-aged like Morei or Sgarzon, but rather in large oak foudres for 15-18 months; notably, it began as a somewhat internationally-styled wine, aged in French barrique, including some new, but the last vintage to be touched by barrique was 2008. Granato means "garnet" in Italian and is also a reference to the pomegranate or melograno, that fruit having Mediterranean origins like the first grape vines brought to Italy millenia ago; Elisabetta prizes its self-contained beauty, charm and balance, characteristics she associates with her Granato bottling.
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