Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola 2014 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy ~ A Tantalising New Release…

Foradori is tucked into the Dolomite mountains near Trentino, to the north of Lake Garda, where winemaker Elisabetta Foradori has been working obsessively in the vineyards since the mid-Eighties producing a range of red and white wines, none more characterful than her Nosiola, that is elevated in terracotta amphorae.

The delightful Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola offers a sneak peek into a very special grape and a unique winemaking philosophy. The 2 hectare Fontanasanta vineyard is located on the hills outside Trento and is planted to high density, guyot-trained vines (6,000 plants per hectare) on limestone and clay soils. This is a wonderful expression of the rare Nosiola grape.

Elisabetta Foradori at her winery in the Dolomites.

Tasting Note: Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola 2014 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti, 11 Abv. Exciting new release from Foradori has a beautiful, pale, translucent straw yellow colour. Nose is fragrant and lifted, bursting with summer orchard fruits, bruised yellow peaches, crabb apples and sweet baking spices of sage, thyme, and dried mint leaf. Palate is crystalline and pure with acids that simply bristle on the tongue. There is such intensity and concentration… green apples, green crunchy quince, cherry sherbet and limestone minerality. Hints of grape skins, almonds, and pithy aromatic spice linger on the long, fruit salad finish. This is such a very well proportioned, well balanced wine that is characterful and yet awesomely precise. Possibly one of my favourite northern Italian whites. (Wine Safari Score: 94/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

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