Granato

2018
Italy
Trentino

100% Teroldego. Granato is an historic and special wine for Foradori. It comes from their original Campo Rotaliano estate vineyard on this flat, sunny, well-drained plateau with sandy, stony, Dolomitic limestone soils. And as is true of all Foradori reds, the farming is certified-biodynamic and the winemaking very light-handed.

That said, several things make Granato stand out. It is Foradori's only riserva, first bottled by Elisabetta in 1986, and the wine that put Foradori on the international wine map; it comes from 3 parcels of the oldest, pergola-trained vines, planted from 1938 to 1956 on the most gravellly parts of the vineyard; and it is the longest-aged and -lived of their wines. The old and genetically diverse material in the Granato vineyard is the source of all cuttings needed for re-planting vines at Foradori.

In its early years, Granato was a more internationally-styled wine, aged in new French barrique and garnering high scores from critics and collectors, and that is how it often still viewed out in the wider wine world. But notably, the last vintage with any new barrique was 2000 and the last vintage with even used barrique was 2008. The vinification and aging of Granato gradually shifted into something more gentle and traditional, with a true terroir focus, as the farming evolved from conventional to organic to biodynamic. The hand-harvested fruit is partly destemmed and gently pressed, with up to 40-50% whole clusters. Fermentation is spontaneous in huge, open wooden vats or tini, with little to no sulfur generally. Maceration is two to three weeks and is built not around punch-downs or pump-overs but rather around the infusion effect of a cappello sommerso or submerged cap of skins in the wine. The wine is aged in old oak botti up to 22 hectoliters in size for around 15 months, before being bottled unfiltered and aged another year before release.

The name "Granato" means "garnet" in Italian but is especially a reference to the pomegranate or in Italian melograno, a fruit of Mediterranean origin, like the first grape vines brought to Italy millenia ago. Elisabetta has always felt stirred by the vitality within this bright, juicy, tannic, many-seeded orb; the name honors that connection she always made between the self-contained beauty and energy of this old-vine wine and this ancient fruit.  

 

 

93 points
"The 2017 Granato is a dark, rich and powerful wine; but that’s not to say it’s international in style, which is a common misconception regarding this flagship wine from Foradori. Masses of crushed cherry, currant, blueberry, tobacco, exotic spice and black, ashen earth form its captivating bouquet. The density of its textures nearly hides the bristling acidity and mounting tannins beneath, as notes of wild berry, savory herbs and saline-minerality saturate all that they touch. This mixture seems to slowly melt away, leaving hints of violet florals and a tug of tart fruits. The Granato is sourced from the estate’s oldest parcels in Campo Rotaliano, some planted as far back as 1938 as pergola-trained vines. The wine is fermented with up to 40% of its clusters intact, and it ages only in large, neutral oak. "
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
, November 2020
97 points
" Enormously deep and subtle wild-blackberry aromas with a thousand herbal nuances lead you into this concentrated and beautifully proportioned red that is so delightful and fascinating. Very long finish that’s crisp and very mineral. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold."
James Suckling,
James Suckling
, April 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0134-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Teroldego
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic