Foradori Lezer Rosato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2021

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It sounds like a horrible cliché to say that a winemaker was “born among the vines,” but Elisabetta Foradori’s family home, where she was born, is literally in the vineyards. Her estate in Mezzolombardo, about 30 miles south of the city of Bolzano in the foothills of the Dolomites in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, was founded by her grandfather, but became her charge at the age of 20 when her father passed away suddenly. Trained as an oenologist, she became disenchanted with business as usual in the vineyard and cellar around the year 2000. She began working organically and biodynamically, replanting her vineyards with cuttings from older vines. Summarizing her thinking at the time, she has said “I am an advocate of science, but science without a philosophy is all technique and technique has no soul. It's a dry process; you're making wine but it has no connection to nature.” She has become famous for her various site specific Teroldego bottlings, which is a variety that is indigenous to the region, but she also works with Nosiola, Manzoni Bianco and Pinot Grigio.

Those of you who were able to attend the "Bar Class" at Revel on the wines of Elisabetta Foradori know that they are favorites around here. For those of you who missed out, we are happy to be able to feature her "Lezèr" while it lasts. Lezèr is mainly Teroldego, a grape variety indigenious to Alto Adige, somewhat related to Syrah and Pinot noir, with a smattering of other unspecified grapes, some of which are Schiava. Lezèr, meaning light in the local dialect, was a bottling born out of the devastating hailstorms of the 2017 vintage, when many of the grapes were incapable of making a normal red wine. So, instead, a light red/dark rose was produced and bottled under this label. It was so popular, it continues to this day.

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