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Lombardia

Italy, Sparkling, Brut Rosé, Franciacorta, Contadi Castaldi, Lombardia

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65% chardonnay, and 35% pinot nero C/ Gorgeous cantaloupe / copper and light pink coloration. N/ Strawberries, rose petals, light bread, and stone fruits. Hint of lime zest. Lovely. T/ Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel.  Wow, the acid work gets one’s mouth watering right away. Delicious layers of raspberry and strawberry flavors are refined yet power packed. Clean, […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Antica Fratta, Lombardia

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N/ Clean marine wafts, oyster shells, dried beach. Hay and yellow grasses. T/ Light mouthfeel. Bottle of sunshine with a spritz of salt and lime zest. Steamed hay. Extended steel, flint, and green apple skins on her close. Absolutely delightful. http://www.anticafratta.com/en/ Also, a well-translated and information packed descriptor here… http://www.anticafratta.com/pdf-eng/brut.pdf Alcohol = 12.5% Price = […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Satèn, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Monteicelli Brusati, Lombardia

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N/ Acid dancing like her Franciacorta sisters do so well. Apple, hay notes, and toast points. The funk is a little intense here. I also get light resin and some hard herbals. Not nearly as balanced, for my nose, as other Franciacortas I’ve recently enjoyed T/ She is also crisp and fresh, but while her […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Ronco Calino, Agricole Ronco Calino, Agro, Lombardia

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N/ Steamed hay, crisp green apples, honeysuckle, white flowers and oyster shells. T/ Nice acids and crispness are present like her Franciacorta brethren, but just a tad less powerfully. Along with some lean green apple flavors I tasted some white pear. A few marine notes intrigue. She offers up some minerality in her lean and popping close. […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Franciacorta, Villa, Monticelli Brusati, Lombardia, 2007

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N/ Acid dancing hay, toast points, oyster shells, canvas, green apples, and a hint of dank funk – oh my. Lovely. Complex. Inviting. Clean. T/ Crisp, fresh, acid popping, and steely, but with a creaminess and depth of apple and toast flavors that leaves you wanting another sip much faster than many a sparkling wine. […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Barone Pizzini, Franciacorta, Lombardia

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White blend of: 90% chardonnay and 10% pinot nero. N/ A touch of funk layers over deep marine and fresh oyster aromas. There is a savory element here that is hard to describe – fresh white mushrooms perhaps. Lightly oxidized apple notes and a bracing acidity delight. Complex, fun, and deep. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Creamy […]

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