Wine Review: De Vescovi UlzbachTeroldego Rotaliano 2013

teroldegoGraced with feminine athleticism, buoyant, agile, swift as a bounding deer, this invigorating beauty is made from Teroldego, a grape most at home along Italy’s northern border in the shadow of the Alps.

Deep purple to the eye, the aromas strike a lovely balance between fruit and earth—blackberry, forest floor with a hint of barnyard, espresso, and a furtive note of cinnamon.

The fruit turns red on the palate,  plum gesturing at pomegranate. Fresh and light on its feet at entry, intense floral top notes with citrus overtones bob on a wave of expectation as the wine executes a swift crescendo closing the midpalate, dashing into a medium-length finish featuring bitter herbal notes, and sneaky, reticent fine-grained tannins.

Supple, capricious, kinetic and ghosted by subtle signs of the mystical, so of course it pairs well with Kate Bush Running Up That Hill.

Technical Notes: Teroldego is the grape; Teroldego Rotaliano is the DOC, one of the rare appellations named after a grape and situated in the larger Trentino Alto-Adige region. DNA testing shows that Teroldego is a parent of Lagrein and a sibling of Dureza, a parent of Syrah. The Vescovi family have farmed this region since the 18th Century. This wine was fermented in open wooden vats with ambient yeasts and aged in a mix of Slavonian oak casts and stainless steel tanks for 15 months.

Score: 90

Price: $26 (Purchase Here)

Alc: 13%

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