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Berlucchi Cuvee 61 Brut

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Straw yellow, with subtle greenish highlights. Rich and long-lingering bouquet, with floral and fruit notes, and subtle fragrances of yeast and fresh-baked bread. Full bodied, cleanly delineated lines, with delicious, emphatic notes of fruit and a fine acidity.

Blend: 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir

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This fresh, creamy Chardonnay-based sparkler is making waves thanks to its crisp acidity and full-bodied mouthfeel. The balance is spot-on, with delicate aromas of apricot, baked bread and sweet citrus that are backed by smooth and persistent perlage.

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Berlucchi

Berlucchi

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Berlucchi, , Italy
Berlucchi
As the #1 Metodo Classico sparkling wine producer in Italy, Berlucchi is unique in that it produces its wines in the classic Champagne method modeled after the famous méthode Champenoise. The primary philosophy guiding this winery was laid out by founder Franco Ziliani: produce wines of quality, at affordable prices.

Berlucchi has become synonymous with classic method sparkling wine, the bottle for that occasion and everyday enjoyment alike, for both festive toasts and through a meal.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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