Ca’del Bosco, Franciacorta, Cuvée Prestige, NV, Extra Brut, ABV 12.5%. 🇮🇹
Here is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero varieties, with a dosage at disgorgement introducing only 1 gram of sugar per liter, making this an Extra Brut sparkling wine (6 g/l max), coming from Franciacorta DOCG in the Lombardy region of Italy. Franciacorta sparklers are known for being produced with a second fermentation in the bottle and prolonged aging on the “lees” á la Méthode Champenoise. 🍾🥂
This is a beautiful representation. It’s pale gold, bone-dry, and offers toasty, bready notes next to tart, youthful peach, pear, and apple, lemon pith, blanched almonds, desiccated white flower, and wet slate. 💕
This wine is bright, elegant, and focused. It could cut through butter and is a delicious pairing with creamy, soft cheeses.👌👌👌
Cheers! — 2 months ago
Very nice and very interesting white blend from Lombardy. Crazy blend of a native Italian cross of Riesling and Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, and Nebbiolo vinified white. Crisp with lots of complexity, excellent with sea bass. — 5 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 — 5 years ago
Nose is so supple. Warming (not in an alcoholic sense) and comforting. Dried roses. Spices. As this opens, intense hand crushed rose petals. With some more time intense lilacs. I mean really intense like elite volnay intense. Wtf!?!
Palate is still so fresh. Moderately dense fruit. Bright cherries. So juicy. Terrific spice. Rose petal juice. Wow. Nice elegance. Only 13.5% alcohol. Not one of these ponderous post climate change monsters. As it opens very good deliciousness. A lovely Roundness. Spice. Wow.
Great fresh finish.
This is exactly why you want in an entry level Barolo. Not Uber dense and overly weighty. Stunningly drinkable. Wow.
I’m having it with cassouela. Yes I know I should have had valtellina wine to stay in Lombardy... bite me. All the ballers in Milan drink barolo.
Bought from fass selections. — 8 months 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 — 2 years 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. — 5 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. — 2 years ago
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. — 5 years ago