Ferrari Perlé Rosé Riserva 2012
Established in 1902, Giulio Ferrari’s eponymous winery has become emblematic of the fine Metodo Classico (Traditional Method) style of sparkling wines from this part of Italy. Trentodoc in Trentino is the first DOC in Italy created specifically for Metodo Classico, and the second in the world after Champagne. This vintage Rosé from its Perlé range, for instance, comprises 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from its vineyards located 300-600m above sea level. It spends 50 months on selected yeast, leading to characteristic notes of ripe currants and wild red fruit. The structure is unmistakably Pinot Noir, and the hint of almonds, brioche and spices brings it together for a taste that’s far more luxurious than the price. $88 from Giorgio-ferrari.com
TRENTINO 2012 VINTAGE REPORT:
• Overall yields in the Northeast Italy were down by 10% to 20% in most areas, which was slightly better than the rest of Italy which suffered up to 30% less yields due to a hot summer and uneven ripening.
• White grapes that were picked by mid-september fared well, under fair weather conditions before some rains arrived at the end of September.
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