I live in Italy now and with help from some friends I chose a bottle of Teroldego as my WBW# 7 grape varietal. Although not completely unheard of, this might be an available wine in some of the larger wine merchants in the US and elsewhere. 1998 was a great year for most wines in Italy, this bottle of Teroldego Granato 1998 – from Foradori was 26 Euro and was worth it. The wine is 100% Teroldego and was very nice in the mouth; balanced and yummy – I am sure you can find the ‘proper’ lingo elsewhere!
Personally, I prefer more body and tannins but this was my first and it was very soft and velvety in the mouth – with a balanced taste although without food, maybe a bit on the acidic side.
Once again, the wine is 100% Teroldego. The vines average about forty years old and the wine is aged a minimum of eighteen months in new oak before released. This is a wine with a concentrated nose of ripe/mature smells. This is a full bodied wine with a dry taste and a hint of cooked fruit.
I insisted it be the first of wines that we try this evening, so I can report at least some half way decent comments about the wine, as you can see, it wasn’t the only thing we drank. Not pictured are the three bottles of sparkling stuff, a nice rose sparkler and a Sicilian 100% Chardonnay. Most were magnums as the friends I am with have a thing for large format bottles – can’t blame them – they’re cool!
The next will be better, with more time to write.