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Rotari Brut 2013

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Straw green color with elegant yellow notes. Rich bouquet, a mix of fruits (pineapple, green apple and yellow apple) and white flowers, enriched with pleasant and delicate yeasty notes. Full and viscous with a pleasant acidity on the finish.

Optimal as an aperitif, ideal with all meals.

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Pale, bright yellow. Delicate aromas of apple, nectarine, ginger, and lavender. Citrussy and stony in the mouth, showing good intensity and precision to the soft pomaceous orchard fruit and brown spice flavors. Finishes with early appeal and slightly simple if nicely persistent soft apple nuances. 100% Chardonnay; disgorged in 2016.
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Rotari, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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History or legend, the name Rotari derives from the Longobard King Rotari who fought one of the most important battles along the valleys of this territory in his conquest of Italy and made history with his famous "Edict of Rotari", a book about the rules of winemaking.

Talento from the Dolomites

The Talento seal guarantees that all Rotari sparkling wines are made in the classical bottle fermentation method, using the traditional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Talento wines undergo a second fermentation in the bottle and are aged on their lees for an extensive period of time to produce a complex, elegant wine. This is a laborious and expensive process used only for the finest sparkling wines.

Rotari follows this refined sparkling tradition growing its own grapes in the heart of the Dolomites at the foothills of the Italian Alps. This is a mountainous environment characterized by crystal clear sunlight and cool breeze from the over 400 lakes and numerous glaciers of the surrounding mountains peaking at over 9000 feet. The ideal environment to produce elegant, vivid, and crisp sparkling wines and fully express the Talento style.

Rotari’s aging on the lees lasts for a minimum period of 24 months and produces a sparkling wine that is both a perfect aperitif as well as a noble companion to both Italian and International cuisines. Full and toasty, with aromas of wheat bread and Golden Delicious apples, Rotari is consistently well rated recognized for its consistent good quality, year after year

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A mountainous northern Italian region heavily influenced by German culture, Trentino-Alto Adige is actually made up of two separate but similar regions: Alto Adige and Trentino.

Trentino, the southern half, is primarily Italian-speaking and largely responsible for the production of non-native, international grapes. There is a significant quantity of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot produced. But Trentino's native and most unique red variety, Teroldego, while still rare, is gaining popularity. It produces a deeply colored red wine rich in wild blackberry, herb, coffee and cocoa.

The rugged terrain of German-speaking Alto Adige (also referred to as Südtirol) focuses on small-scale viticulture, with great value placed on local varieties—though international varieties have been widely planted since the 1800s. Sheltered by the Alps from harsh northerly winds, many of the best vineyards are at extreme altitude but on steep slopes to increase sunlight exposure.

Dominant red varieties include the bold, herbaceous Lagrein and delicate, strawberry-kissed, Schiava, in addition to some Pinot Nero.

The primary white grapes are Pinot grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, as well as smaller plantings of Sauvignon blanc, Müller Thurgau. These tend to be bright and refreshing with crisp acidity and just the right amount of texture. Some of the highest quality Pinot grigio in Italy is made here.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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