A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to taste 6 different sparkling wines from Franciacorta. Franciacorta, a wine region in Northern Italy, is a relatively new region for sparkling wine by European standards as it has only been producing them for the last 50 years. This being said, the wine being made is very exciting. I think the region has been able to produce wines that rival what comes out of Champagne for a portion of the price.
Overall, I really enjoyed the tasting. There was only one of the six bottles that I wouldn’t sip again. Below are my tasting notes from a couple of my favorites in the lineup. I really hope you get the chance to check this region out soon!
Villa Franciacorta 2007 Brut
The Villa Franciacorta Brut was the shining star of the night for me. It is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. Smooth texture and balanced acidity with flavors of apple, toast, ginger, and lemon. Elegant, complex, and drinking way beyond the $35 price point!
Fratelli Berlucchi 2008 Rosé
This bottle of Rosé is blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc. There are soft tastes of strawberry, raspberry, and citrus with hints of toast. Very food friendly and well-priced at $27.