Fer­rari Perlé Rosé Ris­erva 2012

Epicure - - CELLAR CHOICE -

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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