Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Brut NV
Brescia, Lombardy, €28.50, cork seal
We popped this delicious little number amongst the tinsel and presents on Christmas morning. When I asked my man in the wine shop for a bottle of Sparkling he gave me a couple of options; "good or very good?" I assumed. The hands started waving, the voice raised a notch and he replied with absolute passion "very good or very, very, very good"; so Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Brut comes with a recommendation from Enoteca Scali. Franciacorta is a DOCG classification for Sparkling wine from Brescia in Lombardy. It's made from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Brut is a twinkling straw golden colour with plentiful tiny, light bubbles. On the nose there's a pleasant breadiness and a twist of lemon. The palate has lovely flavours of old apples, citrus and hint of saltiness. While this wine certainly isn't sweet, the style is perhaps a little less dry than some. Its feather light, but flavoursome, fresh and extremely drinkable. Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Brut is an absolute delight, great value and highly recommended.
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