The Inside Story from Italian Wine Merchants

Go-To-Wine Tuesday

Posted on | July 26, 2011 | Written by Michael Greeson | No Comments

Foradori is a household name here at Italian Wine Merchants for a couple of reasons.  You might immediately recognize the last name for being associated with the incomparable winemaker behind the esoteric Teroldego grape up in Trentino-Alto Adige, and Elisabetta Foradori is responsible for putting this varietal on the map.  Her cousin Martin is no slouch, however.  Martin Foradori, of the legendary J.Hofstatter estate, has over the past decade reinforced the importance of single-vineyard expression in the South Tyrol.  Nowhere in Italy is terroir diversity more prevalent than in the North.

It’s safe to say I’ve pulled a few corks over the past several weeks trying hard to stay refreshed throughout this warmer-than-average season.  Most recently, I opened J.Hofstatter’s Pinot Bianco 2006.  It’s always great to open a white wine from this region with some extended bottle-aging because the natural acidity in some of these wines is so high as a result of the higher elevation.   Right now the wine is soft, with nice weight and creamy feel on the palate and showing really pretty summer peaches, a touch of acacia, nice acidity and a saline quality.  Earlier in the day, I stopped by the store to pick up a small block of regional cheese to pair with the wine, Dolomiten Konig, which is similar in profile to a native Swiss cheese; the pairing was nice.  As the raindrops pattered outside my window and with the relief of the soft breeze through my studio apartment, the experience became more remarkable.


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