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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