La Montina Franciacorta Brut

SKU #1108814 89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Mostly Chardonnay, with 15% Pinot Nero, this bright sparkler opens with impressive aromatic intensity, bearing notes of peach, passion fruit and lightly toasted almond. There's a soft, creamy quality to the perlage, backed by fresh acidity on the finish.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

This sparkling 95% Chardonnay/5% Pinot Noir spent at least 24 months on the lees before being finished to 9g/l of residual sugar after dosage. From the winery: "If one wine was to singularly express with elegance and versatility both the essence of the local terroir and of the estate, it would be La Montina Brut. In short, it is a wine for all occasions. This cuvée blended from the juice of two different varieties planted in seven different locations through the zone is the result of two separate pressings... The grapes come from two different vintages maintaining the consistency from year to year. The generous mousse, the acidity, the lovely aromas of fresh fruit and floral notes makes this wine a superb aperitif and an excellent accompaniment to the first course and fish dishes."

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