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Italy’s Spin on Champagne from Castello Bonomi! And Giacomo Conterno Barolo!
October 10, 2019
A Note from Sergio

The holidays hover on the horizon, and that means that Champagne season is coming--but does it absolutely need to be Champagne? While it's only Champagne when it comes from the Champagne region of France, Italy's own Franciacorta makes wines that are very much on par with Champagne, though as the producers themselves would be quick to tell you, they do not copy Champagne--but maybe they protest too much. Franciacorta's producers don't just embrace méthode champenoise; they also embrace French grapes and the French system of classification. Franciacorta features only Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir, and the region's DOCG rules require French terms for the wines--nowhere on a bottle of Franciacorta will you find the word "spumante"--it's forbidden.

It may surprise you to discover that Franciacorta's rules are among the most comprehensive in the entire DOC system. There are rules for cultivation, rules for harvesting, rules for fermentation, rules for aging, and rules for labeling. But this stringency means that there is very little identity crisis in Franciacorta--and that means that the wines tend to be meticulous, terroir-driven, outstanding sparklers that drink like an homage to (but not a replication of) Champagne.

Today, I'm very excited to offer a beautiful Franciacorta from Castello Bonomi, its Franciacorta Brut Rosé NV. This wine drinks with the kind of juiciness, minerally-ness, sparkly-ness and sophistication that you expect from a Pinot Noir Champagne, but it's got this unmistakable Italian edge, this indescribable wildness, this ineffable touch of Lombardian terroir. It's also under $40 a bottle, which makes it perfect to pop and pour whenever you want to celebrate with Italian style (but with French customs).

Finally, I managed to score some more of Giacamo Conterno's flat-out gorgeous 2013 Barolo Cerretta--don't miss it!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Celebrate with Castello Bonomi's Franciacorta Brut Rosé
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Stunning Giacomo Conterno 2013 Barolo Cerretta
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October / November Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Brut Rose NV 750ml
Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Brut Rose NV 750ml
Price: $39.99

Pale onion-skin pink in the glass, this Franciacorta Brut Rosé layers its juicy red berries with pressed rose petals, apple compote, bread crust and a touch of balsamic herbs. Tiny, delicious bubbles fill the mouth as this wine’s zippy citrusy acidity pushes it across the palate to a delightful, food-friendly finish that’s accented by almonds. A mono-varietal Pinot Noir deriving from the estate’s five-acre Terrazze vineyard, grapes ferment in temperature-controlled steel; the wine’s second fermentation takes six months in vats before bottling, where the wine ages on the lees for 24 months before disgorgement. more info