Ferrari’s obsession with excellence, cultivated for over a century, has given rise to this Trento DOC, which promises to become Italy’s iconic sparkling rosé. A gamut of emotions emanating from the vibrant intensity of Pinot Noir from mountainside vineyards.
Wine Advocate Monica Larner
The newest member of the Ferrari family is the exciting 2006 Trento Metodo Classico Extra Brut Rosé Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore. This wine does indeed make a grand entrance. The fruit is so supple and ripe and the beading is extra fine and silky as it glides over the palate. The color is dark pink and raspberry with polished copper highlights. It finishes with subtle mineral notes of crushed rock and granite that are an undeniable signature of winemaking in Italy’s Dolomites. This mid-weight sparkling wine ages on the lees for 11 years, and aromas of baked baguette and brioche linger long. Dare I say it? This single bottle brings Italy very close to some of the top Champagne houses that have earned our attention and praise. This wine, this new sparkling rosé, is a game changer for Italian Metodo Classico. Congratulations.
Thanks to its well-chiselled power and vinosity, this is more of a serious food wine rather than an aperitif. It has a sophisticated pale salmon colour with a copper hue, followed by a fine, intense nose of white chocolate, rosehip, cinnamon and brioche. The palate is firm and fresh, showing flavours of pomegranate, citrus, cranberry and wild strawberry with some savoury, tertiary notes of balsam and brioche in the background. It’s still very much in its youth, with austere acidity and mineral depth that will reward further cellaring, and it will certainly continue to improve and develop. Without question, this is a worthy stablemate to the original Chardonnay-based Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore. Drinking Window 2018 – 2032
Grapes: A strict selection of Pinot Noir grapes with a small percentage of Chardonnay, varying according to the vintage. The grapes are picked by hand.
Length of ageing: At least 10 years on the yeasts, selected from Ferrari’s own cultures.
Production zone: Vineyards owned by the Lunelli family on the slopes of the mountains that lie above Trento.
Alcohol level: 12.5% vol
First year of production: 2006
Appearance: A brilliant salmon colour, with coppery highlights that verge towards coral. The perlage hypnotizes you with its ne and abundant bubbles.
Nose: Sweet hints of dog-rose jam and citrus fruits mingle with spicy and mineral notes, giving an immediate sensation of pure and intense pleasure.
Palate: It strikes you with its vivid intensity. Its very concentrated fruit is balanced by the fresh burst of tanginess that gives it extraordinary length on the palate and creates a perfect all-round taste prole.