Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut
The Curbastro family dates back in farming in Lombardy to the 13th century. Riccardo Curbastro’s first son, Gualberto, is the 18th generation, and their heritage is well represented in the wine museum they opened in 1986. They run agricultural estates in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna), Rontana di Brisighella (Ravenna), and the homonymous farm estate in Capriolo (Brescia, Franciacorta). Riccardo’s father was among the 11 founders of the Appellation Franciacorta in 1967, and Riccardo was the President of the Consorzio Vini Franciacorta when they achieved DOCG status in 1995. Since 1998, he also is the President of Federdoc, the interprofessional organization for wine denominations of origin in Italy.
The Ricci Curbastro labels feature the family's coat of arms, with 2 hedgehogs (ricci in Italian) around an oak tree (Curbastro in Italian). The domaine in Capriolo (about 50 minutes east of Milan) spreads over 32 hectares, of which 27.5ha are planted according to the strict guidelines of the Consorzio. The underground cellar is built under the main house, Villa Evelina. Vinification is controlled by enologists Annalisa Massetti and Riccardo Curbastro. For farming, they have long used organic and sustainable practices, and they have been certified organic since 2018, after practicing Low Impact Farming since 1992. Riccardo Curbastro is concerned about the use of copper sulfite in organic viticulture. so he planted a vineyard with a hybrid resistant to fungal diseases, in which he is experimenting zero treatment. The winery is Carbon Footprint certified since 2012. For electricity, it is completely self-sufficient, using solar cells, LED lamps, etc.
This delightful Franciacorta is made of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco and 10% Pinot Nero from vineyards located in the towns of Capriolo and Iseo. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats, then a second fermentation happens in bottle. The wine is aged on the lees for at least 30 months (24 months are required by law, including 19 months on the lees), giving it texture and a complex bouquet. After disgorgement, dosage is added (8g/l) and the wine rests in the cellar for several extra months. This is all the same time-consuming tradition methods which are used in the Champagne region of France.
12.5% alcohol. 40,000 bottles produced.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC. VEGAN. MADE WITH TRADITIONAL CHAMPAGNE METHODS.
|Region||Italy, Lombardy, Franciacorta|
Bottle ShopThis is positively delicious, clean, crisp, polished and elegant. It is a real step above many of the Franciacorta sparkling wines that have been exported to the USA to date. We had to dig for this, but boy are we glad we found it! Look for pear, ripe lemon, white flower, brioche and yellow apple aromas and flavors. This is smooth and creamy, long and balanced. If you like Champagne you will enjoy this as an aperitivo to a great Italian dinner, and if you like Prosecco, you owe it to yourself to try Italy's finest version of sparkling wine.
Wine AdvocateRadiant and vibrant, the NV Franciacorta Brut offers a fresh and immediate drinking style. This lean-bodied blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco and 10% Pinot Nero presents aromas of preserved lemon, summer peach, toasted nut and bread crust. This sparkling wine's beading is refined and tight. Some 35,000 bottles were produced.
Wine EnthusiastMimosa, ripe orchard-fruit and citrusy aromas shape the nose. On the tangy palate, fresh acidity and a soft perlage accompany mature Golden Delicious apple and citrus zest.
Wine SpectatorA lively bead and crisp acidity structure this bright bubbly, offering notes of grainy pear, white cherry, smoky mineral and fresh ginger. Drink now. 500 cases imported.