Sunday, March 27, 2016

Castello di Gussago La Santissima Franciacorta

Castello di Gussago La Santissima Brut Franciacorta
Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
A new wine store, Grand Cata, opened in DC a few weeks ago. I stopped in for a visit and was thrilled to find -- in addition to all sorts of other wonderful things -- a gorgeous new Franciacorta!

This beauty from Castello di Gussago is made mostly from Chardonnay grapes, with a splash of Pinot Noir thrown in for balance. After the second fermentation the wine is rested on the fine lees for 25 months before disgorgement, contributing the wonderful richness of this wine!

Review: La Santissima is a golden color with fine, persistent bubbles and pronounced aromas of baked yellow apples and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is dry with bright acidity and a full, round texture. I love the rich autolytic flavors of yeast, brioche and pastry, along with apple and ripe pear. The length has impressive lingering richness.

Food Pairing: Perfect with Easter dinner of roast lamb and herbed potatoes.

Bottom Line: Rich flavors, balanced with bright freshness. Absolutely delicious.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Franciacorta DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
  • GRAPE: 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero
  • BOOZE: 12.5% 
  • AGEING: 25 months
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2018
  • Castello di Gussago
Where did I get it? Grand Cata
What's the damage? Super Premium 

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