NV Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Brut, Italy, Lombardy, Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

Beautiful sparkling wine from the north center of Italy.  It is a blend of 75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco, and 15% Pinot Nero.  Light golden in color with a steady stream of tiny bubbles.  The nose has red apples, minerals and slight toast.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this has a slight oxidative note along with apples and slight toast.  A nice backbone of acidity.  Long finish.  This drinks great on its own but will work well with a wide variety of food.  Everything from popcorn to fried, spicy chicken.  Long finish.  It will compete with everything in its price category from Champagne.

NV Fondo Bozzole Lambrusco Mantovano Giano, Italy, Lombardy, Provincia di Mantova, IGT Vino Frizzante, Wine Review

Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+

This is a fizzy, dry, red wine from central Italy.  At first it seemed like light TCA, but that blew off, so it must have been the odd scent in the bottle.  Purple/ruby in color, a light amount of fizz to it.  With some air, the nose has some plums, a bit of forest floor and a bit of clean compost notes.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this has a bit of fizz to it but not overwhelming.  It is interesting but a little taste goes a long way.  It would work better with salty foods.  Drink now.  

2017 Costaripa Valtènesi Rosamara, Italy, Lombardia, Riviera del Garda Classico DOC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This Rose is made in the Lake Garda area of northern Italy.  It is a blend of Uve Grapello, Marzemino, Sangiovese  and Barbera.  Salmon pink/orange in color, clear and bright.  Very different nose with cherries, green tea and an herbal note.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, the cherries and the herbs come thru.  Dry.  These should be consumed sooner than later.  It went nicely with Fricos with artichoke dip - not an easy match.  

NV Società Agricola Monte Alto Franciacorta Extra Brut, Italy, Lombardy, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Franciacorta's are serious sparkling wines from Italy.  They are not to be confused with Prosecco's or some of the other lighter sparkling wines that are very popular these days.  The best Franciacorta's hold their own against sparkling wines made anywhere in the world.  Light golden in color.  There are a log of tiny bubbles.  The nose has toast, lemon and slight lanolin.  On the palate, this is slightly crisp.  Full bodied.  Nice, persistent lemon/lime notes.  Good finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with all but the meatiest of dishes.  It should probably be consumed in th

NV Camossi Franciacorta Extra Brut Rosé, Italy, Lombardia, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

If you don't know Franciacorta, you should remedy that as soon as you can.  Franciacorta is a DOCG in Italy that makes wonderful sparkling wines.  Many are as good as all but the very finest of Champagnes and most are made using the same traditional method.  This one is a very nice value though they can be pricey.  This is very pale salmon pink in color.  Barely any color at all.  The nose has a bit of toast on it with a hint of cherry juice.  On the palate, the light cherry juice continues with great liveliness.

2017 Costaripa Mattia Vezzola Palmargentina Vino Dulce, Italy, Lombardy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

This is a dessert wine made from  Groppello, Marzemino, and Moscato Rosa grapes in Lombardy, Italy.  It does not appear to be available in the US at the moment (sadly).  10% Alc and sold in 500ml bottles.  What a treat.  Deep salmon in color.  The nose has oranges, simple syrup, pine and malted milk.  Slightly sweet on the palate but with a great backbone of acidity.  Lots of minerality along with some nice fresh strawberry notes.  Slight tannins.  A long finish.  This is meant to be a dessert wine so food pairing can be an issue.  This would be great with fresh fruit or a lighter fruit tar

Franciacorta: Italy’s Sparkling Wine Answer to Champagne

Italy makes a wide variety of sparkling wines that are wonderful values and great tasting wines suitable for the holidays. In the last article, we discussed the sparkling wines of Asti in the Piemonte ( Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante). I would like to continue to explore the sparkling wines of Italy. The first region one encounters when heading east from the Piemonte is the region of Lombardia.