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. A bit of char. Good finish. This really begs for food and will be quite versatile. Probably best to be consumed in the first five years from disgorgement. This bottle was dated 020418.