Ferrari Brut Metodo Classico Rose, Trento DOC, Alto Adige, Italy (375 ml)

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This delightful rose is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that was aged on its lees for 30 months before disgorgement. We've come to discover for ourselves, after Debbie visited the winery in Trentino last year, that Ferrari indeed makes some of the best sparkling wine in Italy and rivals the best Franciacorta. This is a very Champagne-like sparkling rose that just feels even more fun out of a half bottle.

Ferrari was founded by Giulio Ferrari in 1902 in Trento, Alto Adige. Giulio had studied in France, in Champagne, in particular and returned to his native land convinced that Trentino would be a great place to grow Chardonnay and produce sparkling wine. He was one of the first in the region to plant Chardonnay in any meaningful way and apparently one of the first to pioneer the Metodo Classico, or Champagne Method in Italy. Just a few short years after its founding Ferrari became the preeminent producer of Italian sparkling wine with a growing international and sophisticated clientele. Because Giulio didn't have any children he passed his business onto his friend, Bruno Lunelli, who was a respected wine merchant in Trento, in 1952. Today, the third generation Lunelli family runs the incredibly successful company with widespread distribution all over the world. They manage 300 hectares of vines, mostly Chardonnay with some Pinot Noir, which are being converted to organic farming.

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