How Good is Ca’ d’Or Pas Dosé Franciacorta?
Wine Review of 2011 Ca’ d’Or Selezione Grand Vintage Pas Dosé Riserva Franciacorta DOCG, Italy
This ‘Millesimato’ (understand vintage wine, from a single year’s harvest as opposed to a blend) was made from 55 % Chardonnay and 45 % Pinot Noir from the peculiar 2011 vintage described by the winery as “characterized by major climatic changes.”
After 7 months for the first fermentation in small steel tanks, the wine was refermented in bottle using the traditional method, and aged on its lees (sur lattes) for 48 months.
This Franciacorta sparkling comes in a bright and shiny lemon-yellow color with hints of gold hues.
The nose is somewhat restrained, featuring subtle hints of floral elderflower aromas, some lime and acidic orange juice, together with discrete biscuit notes.
Being without added sugars, this is a very dry and mineral sparkling wine, with a sharp acidity and no sweetness whatsoever. Bubbles are fine and the body just coating-enough the crisp and citrusy acidity. Flavors are grassy, with hay and lime with elements of spicy white pepper and nutmeg, on a subtle brioche background.
A Franciacorta wine featuring clean and acute —call it mineral— an aromatic and flavor profile, to pair with elegant yet rich foods, precise and mineral, acidic also that will pair well with creamy seafood entrees or dishes.