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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: $19.99

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

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
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