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2016 Majolini Franciacorta Brut DOCG, Lombardy, Italy (750ml)

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The Maiolini family has been growing wine grapes since the 15th century. The family traces their roots to Ome, a unique place located on the northeastern border of Franciacorta—Italy's famed sparkling wine-producing region. The red grape variety Majolina was recently recognized as a variety indigenous to Lombardy and is a testament to the long history of the family in the region. Cantina Majolini was launched in the late 1960’s by Valentino Maiolini, who focused exclusively on red wines. After his death in 1975, the winery remained closed until 1981, when his sons Gianfranco, Piergiorgio, Rino and Ezio decided to reopen the winery with a focus on sparkling wine. Today, Cantina Majolini is managed by the third generation: Simone and Giovanni.

A blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir; the grapes were carefully harvested and gently pressed and mainly fermented in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of approximately 64 °F. A portion of the Chardonnay was fermented and refined in small wooden barrels. The assembled wine was then aged on the lees in bottle for 36 months.

Bright yellow with a toasty aroma of yeast, vanilla, and a hint of hay. The charming palate is full, with persistent effervescence and flavors of citrus, bruised apple, raw hazelnut and quince. The finish is long with ample fruit and beautifully balanced acidity.

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