Quattro Mani Franciacorta

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

My new favorite Italian sparklything. Franciacorta is a growing region in Lombardy which was established specifically to see how closely the style of Champagne could be mimicked in Italy. They use all traditional Champagne-method fermentation and varieties, though they do allow addition of a bit of Pinot Blanc, this one being 80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero, and 10% Pinot Bianco. The Quattro Mani project recruited winemakers from all over Italy who were iconic in their respective regions. In this case Mario Falcetti, a Pioneer in the Franciacorta region. The wine is beautifully crisp and complex, full of apple and stone fruits, and at $15.99 it’s just an absurdly great value.

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