Teroldego IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti "Morei"


100% Teroldego. Local dialect for "dark", "Morei" is a warmer, stonier 2.5 hectares within the whole Foradori vineyard around the winery on the Campo Rotaliano plateau in the foothills of the Dolomites. Elisabetta planted the vines in guyot from massale cuttings in 1984. The farming is certified-biodynamic and the harvest is by hand. The bunches are destemmed, with the grapes going directly into clay amphorae (tinajas from J. Padilla in Spain) for an open-top, spontaneous fermentation without sulfur; the vessels are then closed for 6-8 months of maceration. The wine is bottled without fining or flitering and with its only small dose of sulfur. Morei and its identically made companion wine, Sgarzon (from a cooler, sandier site nearby) develop more quickly in clay than the foudre-aged Foradori and Granato and are thus released earlier. 

96 points
" A giant wave of ripe forest-berry aromas pours from the glass of this sensationally concentrated and silky teroldego red. There’s plenty of fresh tannin, but its already so well integrated that it feels like one of the fundamental forces of nature. Super-long, fine-grained, crushed-stone finish. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold."
James Suckling,
James Suckling
May 2022
94 points
"The 2020 Teroldego Morei is dark and inward, slowly blossoming in the glass with black cherries, balsam herbs, hints of cinnamon and clove. This is round in feel, yet with a reverberation of zesty acidity and inner spice. Depths of dark red fruits and minerals settle upon the senses, along with a coating of sweet tannin. Wow, the result is quite stunning, with a chiseled and almost-teeth-chattering feel through the finale. The 2020 is a very exciting vintage for Morei; a boost of warm vintage fruit adds depth to its usually-inward and structured persona. Enjoy a bottle now, but lose the rest for a few years in the cellar."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
March 2022

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