Contadi Castaldi 2007 “Brut Satèn” Franciacorta

Posted by Keith Wallace

Sparkling wine is one of the great pleasures in life.   Sadly, there are only a few wine regions that really truly do a spectacular bubbly. In Italy, Franciacorta is such a place.  For the past decade, this wine region in Lombardy has been pushing the envelope on quality controls, and it shows.

The palate of this wine is strikingly similar to a grand cru blanc de blanc from Champagne.  Layered notes of toasted pine nuts, lemon oil, and custard. Carbonation brings a rustic marzipan and old hay element that passes into dried fruit and cinnamon on the palate. The finish moved to earthy tones and fresh fruit.

For pairings, a simple fruit compote with puff pastry would be a lovely match.  These bubbles also work very well with decadent cheeses like Delice de Bourgogne.

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