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It’s almost holiday time and that’s when a lot of people start thinking about bubbles for their holiday celebrations. Like some people, I used to think any wine that had bubbles was Champagne. Obviously I learned later that Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. After taking a local class on bubbles, it gave me a great insight as to the many different types of sparkling wine available. We often buy a sparkling wine just for the pure enjoyment with no special occasion.
When I was offered the opportunity to review some sparkling wines from Ferrari wines, I did not hesitate. I received three sparkling wines and being gracious, I offered them to friends and family for their opinion.
To give a little background, Ferrari Wines was established in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. After studying in France, he returned to his native region of Trentino convinced that the terroir was ideal for producing world class sparkling wines. He was also the first viticulturist to bring Chardonnay vines to Italy. Today Ferrari Wines is Italy’s leading producer of sparkling wines led by the fourth generation of the Lunelli family.
The wines are made using the same process as Champagne with grapes sourced from vineyards on the Alpine slopes in Trento D.O.C. The higher elevation in Trento produces dry, crisp, elegant wines.
The first wine was a Ferrari Brut NV ($25, 12.5% alcohol). This is a 100% Chardonnay which was handpicked at the beginning of September. The grapes came from various communes of the Province of Trento in the Val d’Adige, Val di Cembra, and Valle dei Laghi.
We noticed immediately there was a light effervescence with tiny bubbles. The bubbles floated over your tongue and then dissipated near the back of your mouth ending in a nice medium finish. The nose brought butter to one person. Tasting the wine brought flavors of pears, golden apples, and slight yeast. Good acidity enhanced the wine.
The second wine was a Ferrari Perlé 2006 ($35, 12.5% alcohol). This is also 100% Chardonnay but is produced exclusively from estate owned vineyards. The grapes were harvested by hand in mid-September in the hillside vineyards around Trento. Maturation of the wine was around five years.
The Perlé had bigger bubbles than the Brut and the bubbles dispersed quickly. Floral aromas were picked up when first raising the glass to the nose. Tasting brought golden apples, pear, and fresh baked bread. The wine had a short finish with low acidity.
The last wine was the Ferrari Rosé NV ($37, $12.5% alcohol). This is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay producing a very nice rosé. The Pinot Noir was vinified as a rosé and the Chardonnay was harvested by hand in mid-September from the hillsides around Trento.
There were a lot more bubbles in the rosé and they lingered on longer than the other wines. A fruity aroma followed this wine while tasting almonds. The wine had a long finish and low acidity.
All the wines were thoroughly enjoyed by all who tasted. When looking for sparkling wines for your holidays, take a look at Ferrari Wines.