2022 Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco

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Foradori |Trentino |Manzoni
Biodynamic white blend from the gentle, legendary hands of Elisabetta Foradori.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews

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The Manzoni Bianco variety is a genetic cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc and is one of Elisabetta Foradori's most fascinating wines.

It's an aromatic gem that gently edges towards an amber style as it is fermented on skins in cement tanks, before ageing in acacia barrels (rather than oak).

The wine is beautifully scented, crisp yet textural. It's a charming, idiosyncratic white with an incredible, evolving minerality - you'll want to sit, sniff and savour every glass.

And as a true natural wine with no additions, it is almost without peer.

"This is so perfumed and attractive with candied stone fruit, glazed tangerines, honey, dried flowers and beeswax."
- 96 pts, James Suckling

Due to widespread pest and disease attacks that left European vineyards in a deep crisis from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, numerous researchers concentrated on the genetic improvement of grapevines through hybridization and breeding. In 1924, at the Scuola Enologica di Conegliano Veneto, professor Luigi Manzoni (1888-1968) began a series of experiments that lasted until the mid-thirties and that led to the registration of a number of clones derived from the crossing of various varieties. Manzoni Bianco (IM 6.0.13) is certainly the most successful of his results: obtained by crossing Pinot Blanc with Riesling, it is now present in nearly all the Italian regions and is particularly widespread in Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino.

Despite its remarkable ability to adapt to very different climates and soils, Manzoni Bianco thrives in hilly areas with a clayey-calcareous soil. In this environment, it generally produces small, short clusters with medium-small grape berries that are yellow-green and have a very pruinose and consistent skin. An interesting balance between body and flavor and a good acidity characterize the wine. The patience needed to wait for its evolution is rewarded with an appreciation of its deeply mineral character inherited by Riesling, coupled with the smoothness and the floral scent of Pinot Blanc.

Foradori has been certified as a Demeter and ICEA since 2009.

96 Points - "This is so perfumed and attractive with candied stone fruit, glazed tangerines, honey, dried flowers and beeswax. Full-bodied and layered with super polished texture and vivid fruit character, accompanied by vivid acidity and subtle floral undertones. Savory at the end with a lengthy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

Customer Reviews

5.0
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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3 reviews
  • RL
    Robbie L.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    3 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A Beauty

    This is so good. Almonds, marzipan but yet also fresh and acidic to cut through the palate. Goes perfectly with fish or white meat. Highly recommend, bought 3x times now.

  • PT
    Peter T.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Super drinking Italian white

    We love this wine in our house. Absolutely delicious. Easy to drink but with a lot of interest. Yum.

  • KW
    Killian W.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    2 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love this wine

    Beautiful, complex, crisp, mineral and lean, but big enough to carry the meal all the way through...

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Elisabetta Foradori

Elisabetta Foradori is a trailblazing organic winegrower from the town of Trentino in Mezzolambardo.

Her first vintage was in 1984, with her conversion to biodynamics beginning in 2002. By 2007 she was certified and now is considered one of the most forward-thinking winegrowers in Italy with a huge international profile.

Her wines are made with a natural sensibility. The gentle use of clay amphora and inert vessels for ferments and maturation sees her mainline a sense of place from grape to glass.

Elisabetta in the cellar Elisabetta Foradori

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