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Antica Fratta Franciacorta Essence Rose Brut 2017

Traditional Method Sparkling Wine

Regular price $41.99

Franciacorta Essence Rose Brut 2017 VM93
Antica Fratta

Lombardy, Italy

$38.99 (3+ bottles) (code: 3saves3)
$41.99 1 bottle US LOW

A gentle, soft pinkish color heralds aromas of wild and fruits, supported by more than 42 months of aging on the lees.

Color: A soft shade of pink, with reflections that veer towards salmon with slight variations perceivable each vintage, due to the different degree of ripeness of the pinot noir grapes
Bouquet: Intense, small red berries with aromas of candy
Palate: A good balanced structure, fragrant, intense, excellent persistence and a pleasant body
Perlage: Very gentle yet persistent, creamy mousse
Food pairing: Recommended for the whole meal, especially with entrées, flavoursome meat and fish dishes. Ideal with salami and cheese, but also sushi
Serving temperature: 7° – 8°C.  (45°F)

Type of soil: Calcareous-clayey
Type of grapes: 70% pinot noir e0% chardonnay.
Yield per hectare: The vintage is characterized by a good yielld. The weather allowed us to reach 80-100 Qli/ha.
Vintage: Vintage 2017 and therefore obtained from the skillful assemblage of the best grapes of that year; the use of pinot noir, vinified in red gives a good body and structure and above all elegance,
with a tannin content which is never aggressive.
Harvest: Between mid-August and early September when the grapes have reached the correct sugar ripeness, but still have a considerable acidity and freshness
Maturation: 42 months of maturation on lees. After disgorgement, the bottles rest in the cellar for another 5-6 months.

Our tasting notes:  
Very elegant with a beautiful light pink color.  65% Pinot Nero, 35% Chardonnay.  Grapes fermented separately and then blended before bottling.  The wine is very smooth and in total balance.  It has a creamy texture and a long finish.  You get notes of strawberry and other red fruits and also delicate red flowers. It has great acidity.  Drink now or in the next 4 years.  This is clearly a winner and wonderful value.

For Comparison the 2018 - 93pts Vinous Media (not the 2017 we have here)
The 2018 Rosé Essence is a coy in the glass, lifting with a nuanced mix of white strawberries and citrus-tinged florals.  It’s livelier on the palate, splashing across the senses with an elegant bead of fine bubbles and ripe red berries that are perfectly offset by saline-mineral tones toward the close.  A burst of inner sweetness punctuates the finale as hints of inner rose, licorice and nectarine slowly fade.  A bit more bottle age may help the aromatics evolved.  Otherwise, this is highly pleasurable.  It’s a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.  Drinking window 2023-2027
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