1998 Cornaleto Franciacorta Pas Dose

SKU #1153876

I remember when my salesman approached me on this wine, "Mate, have I got a wine for you and your Club!" he's English so he throws in the occasional Mate or Chap for us Colonials… He explained what he was pitching me, a Bone Dry, Italian sparkling wine that is 15 years old…..needless to say I was a bit circumspect. He continued saying that the wine was 70% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Bianco and had remained on the lees for 12 years. He's actually quite a serious fellow so I said let's pop the cork and see for ourselves, I was actually stunned by the initial aromatics, this was the real thing, it was complex, clean and had a long, lingering nose. I'm used to wines lingering on the palate as this one did but the nose seemed to permeate my local vicinity, engulf me, which was unique. On the palate persistent carbonation, very complex brioche like flavors and a long and yes drawn out finish. I hope you like it as much as I did. (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/18/2014  | Send Email
Wow! 14 years on the lees! Such a cool and quirky wine. A flor like finish that makes this a very fun wine to pair. My first thought is to serve this with the gamier Spanish tapas or Italian antipasti. Prosciutto, hard cheeses, bitter greens...

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Lombardy