Monday 29 January 2018

A Vertical Of Granato 1986 - 2015

1986 & 2015
How often do I drink Teroldego? To seldom I concur after this tasting. At least Teroldego from Foradori.
My friend S arranged this tasting and I was able to contribute the 1986 (the first Granato) and the 1997. It became a tasting to remember.

2006 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Willi Schaefer
Two warm up wines. The first has a fine, somewhat mature nose with notes of raincoat, dried apricots, asphalt, hay and lime peel. Very, very good. A fine maturity.
The nose is tight, dry and mature with notes of saffron, oranges, dried honey and hay. Long and fine. A fine acidity.
89p   (tasted 2017/12)

2015 Fontamasanta Nosiola, Foradori
The second has a ahy nose with notes of oyster shells, white pepper, flower water and dry rubber. Interesting but not that good.
The taste is high pitched and dry with notes of hairspray, dry almonds, tangerines and soap. medium bodied. Not for me.
82p   (tasted 2017/12)

Flight I
2014 Sgarzon Teroldego, Foradori
A young, seedy nose with notes of spicy blueberries, iodine, dry licorice, smoke and some metallic aromas. Very, very good.
The taste is dry and cool with a good grip and notes of blueberries, red currants, dried flowers and earth. A long finish with a high acidity. Will need some time in the cellar.
89p   (tasted 2017/12)

2041 Morei Teroldego, Foradori
The Morei is a tad warmer on the nose with notes of warm tiles, cherries, ripe flowers and a hint of dark chocolate. A fine depth.
The taste is cool, energetic and dry with notes of ripening red cherries, gravel, dry licorice and ink. Long and very fine.
91p   (tasted 2017/12)

Flight II
1986 Granato, Foradori
The first vintage of Granato is a vital 32 year old that is full of character and wilfulness. The nose is deep, concentrated and finely mature with notes of spicy cherries, violets, moist earth and a hint of dark orange chocolate. Very deep and fine.
The taste is round, mature and generous with notes of dried cherries, orange chcocolate, earth and violet pastilles. A long, dry, sandy finish with lots of energy still. Really fine.
93p   (tasted 2017/12)

1997 Granato, Foradori
The 97 Granato is a stunner. The nose flows up from the glass with intense aromas of ripe cherries, veal stock, wild boar salami, undergrowth and a hint of paint. Braod and deep yet with lots of finesse and balance. Just a hint of maturity.
The taste is concentrated and rich with notes of dried strawberries, cherries, Christmas spices, smoke and a hint of detergent (in a positive way!). A long, intense finish with still noticable tannins and a refreshing acidity. A gorgeous wine.
96p   (tasted 2017/12)

Flight III
2006 Granato, Foradori
The first wine that actually smelled of pomegranate, from which Granato has got its name. But there is more, fine aromas of dark flowers, pepper, earth and violets arises from the glass. Very fine.
The taste is young and tight with notes of lingonberries, pomegranate, dry licorice and earth. medium bodied with a high acidity and fine purity. Needs 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/12)

2008 Granato, Foradori
The 08 is a tight creature, with a stony, rocky nose with notes of ripening flowers, dark cookie dough, violets and dusty earth. Deep but a tad locked up.
The taste is cool and fine with notes of flowers, red beets, ski wax and ripe lingonberries. A fine balance. Needs lots of time to open up. 7+ years.
90p   (tasted 2017/12)

2009 Granato, Foradori
A handsome, refined nose with notes of cool blueberries, damson, rosemary, flint and - oh yes - pomegranate. Very fine. A lovely structure.
The taste is young, pure and brilliant with notes of ripening cherries, lingonberries, chrushed rocks, violets and spices. A long finish with finely polished tannins and a uplifting acidity. Balanced through and through. 6+ years.
95p   (tasted 2017/12)

Flight IV
2010 Granato, Foradori
Corked! Too bad, it seemed to be a very fine wine underneath.
No rating   (tasted 2017/12)

2013 Granato, Foradori
A young, tight, concentrated nose with notes of red beets, balsa wood, pomegranate, iron and asphalt. A very fine warmth. Ripe and rich. Very, very good.
The taste is lively and potent with notes of cranberries, lingonberries, earth/iron and some meaty notes. Very young and very promising, 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2017/12)

2015 Granato, Foradori
A deep, smoky and earthy notes with a mix of blueberries and lingonberries alongside notes of damson, violets and undergrowth. High, pure and very fine.
The taste is high strung in a positive way with notes of blueberries, cranberries, smoke, spices and violets. A long, finely tuned finish with a high acidity and polished tannins. Give this beauty 10 years.
But I don´t know if I like the new label...
93p   (tasted 2017/12)

2009 Kreuznacher Krötenphuhl Riesling Kabinett, Dönnhoff
A high, energetic, lovely nose with notes of almond. lemon peel, apricots and gravel. Very fine. A lovely freshness.
The taste is racy and elegant with notes of lemon juice, metal, hay and dry almond paste. The finish is long and racy with a really fine acidity. This is fine.
92p   (tasted 2017/12)


  1. Guran i vinkällaren29 January 2018 at 21:28

    Ja, hur fel kan man inte ha. Högen med 97:or jag hade i källaren (jävligt bra årgång) är uppdruckna sedan flera år tillbaka. Trodde att vinet skulle "vika ned" sig efter 2010.

    1. :-) Som den flaskan var lagrad (inköpt för 2-3 år sedan) kommer 97:orna leva länge än och ha hälsan

  2. I can see a lot of vintage variations....probably one of those wine you need to taste before buy..
    My last Granato was 1995...not impressive.

    1. If the latest you tried was the 95 you have to taste a newer vintage! :-)