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The Wines of Lombardia

Wines of LombardiaLombardia is pretty well off, and it shows in the opulent, highly stylized wineries of its Franciacorta zone, the seat of the region’s sparkling production. These are not merely for the sake of appearance, however, as sparklers—and increasingly still wines— are taken quite seriously in a land where business is pleasure. Situated in the Po Valley’s center, Lombardia is bordered by Trentino–Alto Adige, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, and Switzerland.
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Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2017 750ml
Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2017 750ml
Price: $24.99
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This rich, intense, and satisfyingly tart white bursts with floral notes that frame its orchard and citrus fruits, and its palate complements these aromatics with earthy, mineral and herbaceous nuances. A brisk acidity makes this wine dance across the palate to a finish that’s accented with a bitter almond sharpness. Deriving from mineral-rich vineyards located in the Oltrepò Pavese zone, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages for at least a year before release. more info
Castello Bonomi Franciacorta CruPerdu 2011 750ml
Castello Bonomi Franciacorta CruPerdu 2011 750ml
Price: $36.99
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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
Ca del Bosco Franciacorta Brut NV 375ml
Ca del Bosco Franciacorta Brut NV 375ml
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Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Brut Rose NV 750ml
Castello Bonomi Franciacorta Brut Rose NV 750ml
Price: $39.99
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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
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Nuova Regina 2013 750ml
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica 2015 750ml
Price: $59.99
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ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Inferno Sesto Canto 2013 750ml
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Inferno Sesto Canto 2013 750ml
Price: $109.99
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Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “The Riserva is produced only in truly extraordinary growing seasons and that has only happened two times for the Inferno Sesto Canto, and that is 2009 and 2013. This is essentially a new wine for Ar. Pe. Pe. sourced from 50-year-old vines at 450 meters altitude within a subplot of Inferno. The wine undergoes an extraordinarily long maceration of 70 days (yes, seventy). And from the all-star line-up we tasted, this was the discreet wine with quiet class, precision, depth, and a slow and persistent build. There are nuances of cherry, raspberries, dried fruit, lilac, herbs, baked earth, and salinity. It is subtle but powerful, you have to watch for the flavors to build, but it keeps you coming back for more. The wine needs aeration to be enjoyed today. With its coiled core you can expect amazing things to come. Just 500 cases produced.” more info
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Ultimi Raggi 2013 750ml
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Ultimi Raggi 2013 750ml
Price: $109.99
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Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “It is another Riserva that is seldom produced and that has only happened nine times for the Sassella Nouva Regina in past forty years 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2013. Here the grapes are sourced from the highest point within a subplot of Sassella 600+ meters in altitude. It is also the latest selection of grapes to be picked, which typically happens in mid-November. The grapes essentially dry on the vine and are more concentrated. The crushed juice then spends a month on the skins and another three to four years in large old chestnut casks. This is the warmer expression of the group with sweeter fruit. This is not a sforzato, and while there is concentration, it is never cloying and remains incredibly light on its feet. It is absolutely delicious, and simply more outgoing than the other expressions listed here. You can expect nuances of macerated cherries, wild berries, red licorice, crushed flowers, dancing on a base of minerality and salinity. For myself, it is the perfect winter wine that I want at the dinner table to share with friends and family.” more info
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Grumello Buon Consiglio 2013 750ml
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Grumello Buon Consiglio 2013 750ml
Price: $109.99
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