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Bonomi’s Elegant $37 Cru Franciacorta!
March 4, 2020
A Note from Sergio

Low in the Lombardian foothills south of Lake Iseo, snuggled between Bergamo and Brescia, sits the DOCG region of Franciacorta, home to Italy's only méthode champenoise sparklers. It might surprise you to learn this, but the DOCG rules for Franciacorta are among the most comprehensive in the entire system. There are rules for cultivation, rules for harvesting, rules for fermentation, rules for aging, and rules for labeling. It is simply a machine of organization. But given that méthode champenoise is both labor-intensive processes and expensive, there's nothing surprising about this regimentation. This stringency means that there's very little identity crisis in Franciacorta. Everyone who makes the wine knows what they're doing, and everyone who buys the wine knows what they're getting.

Those unfamiliar with Franciacorta might see it as Champagne's copycat, but it's not. Franciacorta does more than create a copy of Champagne: it authors a serious homage to Champagne. Made by Italians who--like other Italian winemakers--love their land, their grapes, and their traditions, Franciacorta is its own sparkling, elegant entity. Today, I'm very excited to present a Franciacorta that I think you'll really love, Castello Bonomi's compelling and minerally 2011 Franciacorta CruPerdu. Priced at under $37 a bottle, this cru wine is pure pleasure, melding succulence with precision and finishing with chalky minerals. Every wine-lover should have a nice sparkler on hand, and today's is an excellent choice.


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Castello Bonomi Franciacorta CruPerdu 2011 750ml
Castello Bonomi Franciacorta CruPerdu 2011 750ml
Price: $36.99

Raspberries, cassis and gooseberries cavort on a bed of white flower petals, toasted brioche, peach jam, acacia honey and crushed river rocks in the captivating ’11 Franciacorta Cru Perdu. Fine perlage tickles the palate, while the wine finds compelling tensions between its succulent fruits, vivid acidity, and penetrating minerality. Very dry and highly enjoyable, this Franciacorta wine might be your new favorite alternative to Champagne! In 1986, Castello Bonomi’s chef de cave, Luigi Bersini, took a walk in the woods and found an abandoned vineyard. This 10-acre vineyard is the source of the wine’s name and the grapes for Bonomi’s most popular Franciacorta bottling, its CruPerdu. A blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, grapes ferment in temperature-controlled steel and wood vats; part of the cuvée’s second fermentation takes eight months in vats before blending and bottling, where the wine ages on the lees for 36 months. more info