Dark purple color, crushed dried flowers scent. Currants, dried cherries, bitter chocolate, a little woody, pretty soft tannins. From Shawn's. Not from Lombardy, as Delectable misidentifies. — 4 years ago
Since it is Friday Pizza Night, I thought we would relive our visit (5/15) & retry Ca’ del Bosco. I needed to see if it held up to our memory of tasting there. As well as, our visit there was prior to my heavy fixation on Champagne. And, it still does not disappoint.
The nose reveals; lemon extract, lime zest, ripe pineapple, white peach, touch of apricots and ripe tropical melons, slivered almonds, caramel notes, vanilla, honey notes, candle wax, delicate, grey, volcanic minerals, soft, chalkiness with yellow lilies set in a field of spring flowers.
The mouthfeel is heavy, rich, crisp and waxy. Softer, more delicate micro bubbles. Waxy/oily & a touch sour lemons, lime zest, ripe pineapple, white peach, touch of apricots and ripe tropical melons, slivered almonds, caramel notes, vanilla, honey notes, candle wax, delicate, very light white spice, grey, volcanic minerals, soft, chalkiness with yellow lilies & fruit blossoms set in a field of spring flowers. The acidity is round, phat and lively. The rich, lush, well balanced finish is delicious and persists nicely for minutes.
Photos of; Ca’ de Bosco entrance, their red velvet tasting salon, caves, and the bridge over their man made lake you walk from the parking lot to get to the property.
This was not available locally & had to ship it from the East coast to relive our memories.
While this states it is in Lombardy, the region is called Franciacorta. It is Italy’s Sparkling Wine region or its Champagne equivalent. There are two beautiful lakes near by, Iseo (which is where we stayed) as it’s closer to Franciacorta and less touristy than the more visited Lake Garda. Lake Garda is huge and extremely crowded during high season. — 8 months ago
Normally not a Merlot fan but this is a nice local Lombardy wine, dry, ripe blackberry, plum, spicy, a little leather and tobacco. Good body and depth — 4 years ago
NYE 19. First bottle from Lombardy. Very light in color. Lack of fruit. Tea and bitter. Very pinot like and a very distinctive nose of goji berry and strawberry. Someone just comment the taste is very interesting. I think the nose of rose petal, subtle mineral is good and a wine of purity and elegance — 10 months ago
Very nice. First time having this grape, which apparently comes from a small part of Piedmont on the Lombardy border. Almost like a dry intense Riesling - petrol and acid - but a bit more floral. Would want more. — 4 years ago
Sforzato di Valtellina by Nino Negri 2011 - 100% Nebbiolo from Lombardy - extremely well-perfumed nose. Flowers (mainly roses but some purple flowers as well) and cherries and a hint of balsamic. Very similar to a Barolo, and less tannic than an old school Barolo of this age but really beautiful wine with a heavier emphasis on the floral notes. Similar to a La Morra in style - heavy tho at 15.5% ABV — 4 years ago
100% Nebbiolo, from the Lombardy region. Got aromas of plum, cherries, and hazelnut. Dry red wine, full bodied, and well balanced, really long finish. The acid and tannins on this wine are so trippy, and for how they process this: letting the grapes dry out has a heavier alcohol amount but still isn't sweet (like what could typically happen with he sugars). You are left with hazelnut at the end. Quite fun wine, got that "pricey vintage wine" feel but still at a great price point. — 5 years ago