Mirabella Brut Rose Franciacorta
#68 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019
Bright pink that acquires coppery glints while aging. Rich and full with typical fragrance of yeast, as well as wild berries and hints of vanilla. Harmonious, smooth, easy to drink, particularly enjoyable for delicate palates.
Blend: 45% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Nero, 10% Pinot Bianco
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Pale peach color with aromas of rose, golden pear, lemon and apple crumble. It’s medium-bodied with creamy, smooth bubbles. Fleshy and flavorful with lingering peach and hazelnut notes. Drink now.
Containing an exciting mix of wine producing subregions, Lombardy is Italy’s largest in size and population. Good quality Pinot noir, Bonarda and Barbera have elevated the reputation of the plains of Oltrepò Pavese. To its northeast in the Alps, Valtellina is the source of Italy’s best Nebbiolo wines outside of Piedmont. Often missed in the shadow of Prosecco, Franciacorta produces collectively Italy’s best Champagne style wines, and for the fun and less serious bubbly, find Lambrusco Mantovano around the city of Mantua. Lugana, a dry white with a devoted following, is produced to the southwest of Lake Garda.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.