Foradori - 2019 Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco
At the age of just twenty, back in 1984, Elisabetta Foradori found herself in charge of the family winery, based in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in Trentino. A big part of her work in the area has been invigorating the local varietal Teroldego, but she celebrates whites of the region too; namely, Manzoni Bianco and Noisiola. She has been farming biodynamically in this region since the early 2000s and the quality of the fruit truly reflects this care – they are paragons of purity and personality.
Elisabetta's '19 Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco is made from Manzoni Bianco. The variety is a genetic cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and you can see the striking features of both varietals quite clearly in this wine. It sees a small amount of skin contact on its way to bottle, giving it a marigold hue. Elisabetta had problems with oxidation in the wines in previous vintages, so you will see the care she's taken in the making this time – on first open it is very reductive. Give it plenty of air (two days even...) and upon unleash, the wine in the glass is beautifully aromatic, crisp yet textural. It's full of juicy, fleshy peach, bee pollen, wattle and jasmine.
Varietal Manzoni Bianco || Region Trentino, Italy || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml