Lechthaler Teroldego Rotaliano DOP 2013

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Estate: The Lechthaler estate is located in Trentino, the far northern region of Italy. The history of the Lechthaler estate is that of the story of two winemaking families, Togn and Lechthaler. Germano Togn began making wine in the 1940’s, his son Luigi followed in his footsteps and began crafting his own wines in 1975. The Lechthaler family had been crafting wines from indigenous grapes in Trentino since 1905. They were one of the first producers in Trentino to sell their wines in bottles rather then the customary barrels at the time. The two families worked together for many years, until the mid 1980’s when Luigi Togn acquired the brand from the Lechthaler family. Today Luigi is still at the helm, along with his daughters Romina, Valentina and Martina.

Winemaking: Aged for 10 months in oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry along with hints of funky earth and spiced oak. Tasting very similar to the aromas, with cherry and plum backed by earth notes and good acidity. Concentrated fruit with spice hints comprise the moderate finish. Rustic and fruity, this is a gluggable companion with pizza and pastas.

100% Teroldego
Teroldego Rotaliano DOP [Denominazione di Origine Protetta]
Italy
Bottled by Lechthaler SNC
13% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now

Foradori Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2012

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Estate: The Foradori estate was established north of the city of Trento in Northern Italy in 1901 and was purchased by Vittorio Foradori in 1929. Today 4th generation winemaker Elisabetta Foradori is at the helm. She has devoted the past 25 years to the Teroldego grape, “nearly half a lifetime spent endeavouring to express through this grape variety the land that hosts it”. When her father died at a young age, the widely planted clone of Teroldego in the Trentino region had been selected to “emphasize quantity over quality”. She “worked relentlessly to restore its genetic diversity so that the wines would be deeper, purer and more complex”. Additionally, Elisabetta has transformed the vineyards and winery using biodynamic principles, and was Demeter certified in 2009. Driven by the knowledge that “modern man has forgotten that nearly all human activities gravitate around agriculture”, she has assisted in uniting nature and the operations of the winery. She planted a variety of indigenous fruit and foliage around the vineyards, increasing the habitat for local animals and has seen the proliferation of birds, insects and butterflies. For a detailed account of the biodynamic approach, initiatives taken to preserve indigenous plants and wildlife, and the more ethereal, nuances of winemaking, please explore the Foradori website here.

Philosophy: Achieving harmony between man and nature; “to bring into the wineglass the fragrance of the flowers from the mountain pastures, the minerality of the surrounding cliffs, the transparency of the mountain skies, the character of the people that live in these alpine valleys”.

Winemaking: Steadfast to the principle of conveying in “each bottle the character of the land of Trentino”, there is as little as possible intervention in the winery. They “guide the wine while paying attention to its needs” in order for each bottle to keep “an expressive spontaneity and bears the personality of its intense and live raw material”. Only indigenous yeasts are used, and the majority of the wines are left unfiltered. Grapes for the ‘Foradori’ wines are sourced from various single site vineyards around the areas of Mezzolombardo, Campazzi and Settepergole, totaling 10 hectares. The soil is alluvial with pebbles and gravel. Aged for 12 months in wood and cement tanks.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, baking spices, toasted oak along with gamey, earthy traces. Clean fruit flavours of blackberry, cherry and plum are highlighted by a lively acidity and backed by nutmeg, Mediterranean herbs, and nuances of forest floor. Velvety tannins harmonise with the slightly bitter edge on the lengthy finish of subtle, spiced oak and tobacco notes. Captivating and serene, this is a graceful Teroldego.

100% Teroldego
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Italy
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Foradori
12.5% Alcohol
$24
Enjoy now thru 2020

 

Also check out Eric Asimov’s 2011 article “In Teroldegos, the Thrill of the Obscure

Francesco Moser Teroldego 2009

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A straightforward Teroldego with a brisk play of tart fruit, rustic earthiness and cleansing bitterness making it a good choice at the table.

Estate: Francesco Moser is one of the most famous Italian cyclists; he retired from professional cycling in 1987, and passionately took over running his family estate, Maso Villa Warth along with his brother Diego. The estate is an agrotourism destination, offering tours of the vineyards and winery, events and accommodations. The Moser family vineyards consist of 10 hectares of “steep, gravely hillsides at an elevation of 400 meters”.

Philosophy: “To produce wines from the Valley’s unique micro-climates, using the region’s traditional winemaking techniques to craft a good Trentino wine.”

Winemaking: Half of the grapes were fermented in stainless steel, the other half in small oak casks, “ensuring the tannins are more approachable and the components well integrated”.

Tasting Notes: Brick garnet in colour with aromas of cherry and hints of barnyard funk. Earth notes supported red currant and tart cherry, whilst hints of black peppercorn along with dried cherry comprised the respectable finish.

100% Teroldego
Alto Adige
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Francesco Moser
13% Alcohol
$20
Enjoy now thru 2015

Poggio al Casone La Cattura 2009

I had picked up the Poggio al Casone La Cattura 2009 a few months ago because I fancied the storybook illustration depiction of the rabbit on the label. I was even more enamored when I discovered it was a Teroldego, as these are usually rather difficult to find in the States. Poggio al Casone Estate is located on the hills of Pisa and is one of the Castellani Family’s vineyards. Organic and sustainable, with a few of the vineyards also now biodynamic certified, the Castellani philosophy is that “the land is a heritage, which must be protected, in our everyday work.” They utilize integrated methodologies in order to achieve this goal; 100% of the energy they use is from renewable resources, vineyards are integrated amongst forests and olive and acacia groves, they breed native wild species such as wild hares [portrayed on the label] as part of the ecological equilibrium, and protect all other species that live naturally in their vineyards. Their efforts were acknowledged this year when they were bestowed with the Toscana Ecoefficiente Award. The award is given to a company that invested in environmental sustainability and good practices; it is the first winery in Tuscany to be awarded with it.

Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of forest pine and ripe blackberries swirled about in my glass. Abundant black cherry and juicy plum fruits mingled with earthy mushroom notes in the medium body. The crisp finish was infused with spicy white pepper and cleansing bitter almond elements. The combination of rustic earthiness and bright acidity make for a lively, refreshing table wine.

90% Teroldego, 10% Syrah
Tuscany
Italy
Produced by Poggio al Casone Estate and Bottled by Castellani SPA
12.5% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2013

A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2009 & Lechthaler Teroldego Rotaliano 2009

I took my first ever trip to Philly this past weekend. Besides the Matt Nathanson show, the highlight of our excursion was dining at Tria Café in Rittenhouse Square. In conjunction with their sensational cheese menu, they have a fantastic and fun wine menu. Their wine classification system was absolutely enjoyable and consisted of categories such as “funky, sociable, and lighthearted”. I found it to be an unpretentious and clever way in which to effectively convey wine character.


I chose to begin the evening with a South African wine; the A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2009. The gorgeous dark ruby glass opened with fresh green smells of eucalyptus and herbs. The medium-full body was brimming with cherry and plum flavours that gave way to smoky black pepper.  The Delice de Bourgogne on my cheese plate that I was dipping into local Pennsylvania honey illuminated the earthy and leathery notes beautifully.  I became a fan of the somewhat short finish with its crisp and pleasantly dry, yet refreshing closing.

58% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Cinsault, 8% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 1% Carignan
South Africa
14.5% Alcohol
$17 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2012

My following venture was the Lechthaler Teroldego Rotaliano 2009. The aroma of cherries and spice energized the delightful dark garnet colour. The medium body was filled with tasty almost tart flavours of cherry and raspberry. Notes of earthiness and smoky tobacco added depth and rounded out the zingy berry flavours. In my cheese plate endeavors, I had moved on to Piave Vecchio, its saltiness coupled with its slightly bitter almond taste underscored the wine’s pleasing acidity in the short spicy finish. The smooth, well structured body with its brisk play of tart fruits and earthy spice is a glass that really gets a boost from a delectable plate of just about anything, and assisted in the demolition of my cheese plate.

 
100% Teroldego
Trentino
Italy
$15 [average price]