Type of Wine: Medium to full bodied red with moderate acidity and moderate tannins.
Origin: Teroldego is grown primarily in the Northeastern region of Trentino, Alto Adige and Suditrol near the Austrian border. The wine has been produced for over a thousand years and takes its name from the traditional method of cultivation, trained on a system of “tirelle” or wire harnesses. From recent DNA profiling it has been discover to be a sibling of Syrah.
Color: Teroldego is a deeply colored red wine, often looking black in the glass with consistency from the rim to the core.
Description: This is a wine that can have bright fruit note, like cranberry and pomegranate, blended in with blackberry and strawberry. Expect spicy pepper, a hint of cinnamon or anise with some earthy dustiness.
Aging: This is a wine that can benefit from barrel aging but has perfect balance between acidity and tannins so it can also be approached early in the wine’s life.
Best Location: As with most varietals, warm days followed by cool nights build acidity and round fruit flavors.
Planting: The grapes were planted with a northern exposure. This aspect provides the benefit of a cool-down period from the intense summer heat. These cooler temperatures allow for the “grapes to rest” and not deplete the vines of their acids and flavor compounds through avoiding over-respiration.
Food Pairings: For pairings, lean towards cured meats and dishes that include bacon and guanciale. In addition roasted game with wild rice is a very common pairing.
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