Wine is essentially four things: weather, soil, grapes and people. When these elements all come together and aline, something special happens. This is one of those wines.
People drink wine for all kinds of reasons. Wine appeals to our sense of sight, smell and taste. Enhances our enjoyment of food. Heightens our enjoyment of social occasions. And yes, we enjoy it’s intoxicating effects.
Wine tells stories. Stories about the past, present and future. The stories are about people, places, events, and locations. Wine cheers us, heals us, and enlightens us.
How did I fine this wine? A show simply called “The Wine Show”. The show is based at the D’Amico Wine Estate on the Laizo-Umbria boarder in the Italian hills. The show has a segment called “the road trip” where wine expert, Joe Fattorini, sends two actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys on a quests to fill a case of wine that exemplifies Italian wine. Week 10’s challenge was to find a wine that “ captures the spirit of the landscape the wine is from”.
Matt and Matt take off in their trusty Fiat 500. No kidding. It’s gray not canary yellow. It might have winedar, because they show a map of where they are going. The trip in Episode 10 takes them to Northern Italy to the city of Trentino.
You can watch the show on Ovation, Hulu, or go to the website “thewineshow.com” and watch on YouTube. The scenery is awesome.
They travel to the plain of Campo Rotalian in the Dolomite mountains between Trentino and Tyrol. The land is amazing. It’s the crossroads of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. All these cultures are present but none dominates, why can’t every place be like that?
This is the home of the Teroldego grape. It grows here like nowhere else. Teroldego has a deep red color. Great nose. Full body, fruit forward. Nice finish and can be aged up to 10 years. This is an ancient grape been cultivated for hundreds of years in Italy. It reminds me of Pinot Noir. Campo Rotaliano is sandy and gravelly, perfect for this grape. It’s a Goldilocks climate, not hot, not too cold and sheltered from extremes by the looming mountains.
So, we have the grape, we have the soil, we have the weather, let’s add the people. The winemaker is Elisabette Foradori. It is said that Elisabatte’s wines are not so much “made” as “inspired” by the mountainous terrain. I can testify you can taste the land and Foradori’s passion in the wine. For thirty years, since she was a teenager and took over the vineyard when her father died she has worked to increase the quality and prestige of her wines. This mother of four and internationally famous winemaker has truly captured the landscape in her wines.
Foradori utilizes a unique aging process. She doesn’t use barrels, no oak. She uses terra-cotta urns where the wine sits and slowly matures.
There are other people involved with this story; Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys to be sure, certainly Elisabatte Foradori, but also anyone who drinks the wine. Elisabatte says “how can you tell the wine is good”? “The bottle will be empty”.
The story here is of goodness. A critic writing about the wine described the wine’s nose as being what a good dream smells like. In drinking the wine I felt harmonious and balance. Feelings that are often missing in our lives. I got the feeling that Elisabatte cared more about her wine, land and family than she did about being famous. Something else missing from our celebrity crazed world.
If you want to drink a wine that will have you believing “most people are good” this is the wine.