Best Wines: Franciacorta Wine – Ca del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Brut

On July 16, 2013 by The Fine Dining

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Producer: Cà del Bosco Franciacorta

Style: Sparkling

Grape Type: Chardonnay (75%), Pinot noir (15%) and Pinot blanc (10%)

Origin: Italy

Region: Lombardy

THE WINE

90 Points | International Wine Cellar

Medium straw-gold. Ripe pear, yellow plum and apple skin aromas are complemented by hazelnut and yeasty nuances. Rich flavors of citrus and gentle white stone fruit sing on the palate, conveying a gently honeyed quality. A fresh, medium-bodied, textbook rendition of Franciacorta, with good finishing mineral notes. This is Ca del Bosco’s new entry-level Franciacorta bottling, somewhat confusingly called “Cuvee Prestige”; readers should note that the real prestige cuvee of the estate is the fantastic Franciacorta Annamaria Clementi.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

88 Points | Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

Personal Tasting Notes

Solid entry-level from Ca del Bosco Franciacorta. Although for the price you could get a pretty decent Champagne, this is a little softer, though still has enough complexity going on to satisfy a wide range of palates. Floral, citrus and subtle yeasty notes mainly. Pleasant sipping. A good choice for its value.

Food pairing

Generally served as a aperitif. Can be paired with raw seafood, pasta with seafood and fish main dishes. Extraordinary with seafood risotto and grilled giant prawns.

About Ca’ del Bosco…

The history of Ca del Bosco Franciacorta has its origins in the mid-sixties, when Annamaria Clementi Zanella bought Erbusco in Franciacorta, a small house in the hills, locally called “Ca’ del bosc”, surrounded by a dense forest of chestnut trees. The tale of Cà del Bosco is written in its wines and the expansive plot of its vineyards. In its success dreamed, wanted and realized by the creator, Maurizio Zanella was able to recognize the quality of Franciacorta as a land able to produce excellent grapes.

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In fact his company was the first  able to express the real potential of the area by producing excellent red and sparkling wines. A position reached thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of Maurizio Zanella who in the early ’70s understood and followed his artistic vocation, becoming the protagonist of the Italian enology Reinaissance,  by transforming “a normal house in a forest ” in one of the most modern and advanced cellars.

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The beautiful stories signed Ca’ del Bosco arise from this: from illusion, a fairy tale designed to last over time.

 

 

About Franciacorta…

Franciacorta is a region located in the province of Brescia, surrounded  by the shore of Lake Iseo, rivers Oglio and Mella and the hills that extend around the town of Rovato. The land has glacial origin and the presence of stones moraine is a positive factor, because the stones store heat from the sun during the day to gives it heat during the night.

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The name has a medieval origin and is derived from Franche curtes, which means corte franca (tax exemption). In fact, the Franciacorta, or Franzacurta, as it was known in the thirteenth century, was a land of abbeys and priories and therefore enjoyed special privileges. Viticulture was practiced in the Middle Ages, but became systematic from the eighteenth century.

Forty of fiftyyears ago the wines produced were almost exclusively red and they were excellent. During this period the first experiments of sparkling wine were done by Guido Berlucchi Borgonato, who paved the way that all the Franciacorta sparkling wine would then follow. Even today we can say that the production of sparkling wine in this region continues to improve quality. The sparkling wine Franciacorta DOC was recognized in 1967 and DOCG in 1995.

 

 

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