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In 1996, Paolo Radici, an entrepreneur from Bergamo, was seeking a place to cultivate his passion for sparkling wines and came across an unexpected opportunity in Franciacorta, in Lombardy. Just down the road from Erbusco, the old estate belonging to the great pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was up for sale. The land is situated on a hill overlooking a morainic landscape, with ten hectares of single-cru prime Franciacorta DOCG vineyards. This image rekindled Radici’s dream: to make the switch from fervent connoisseur to actual wine producer. Paolo purchased the estate and built his winery, fully respecting tradition and the surrounding countryside. Ronco Calino’s philosophy is characterized by an ongoing search for excellence, and several features of their location favor this ambitious aspiration: poor yet varied soil in the vineyard; north-west facing vines, which allow late-ripening of the grapes so that the harvest is in a cooler period of the year; and the single cru status of the vineyard. Today, sixteen harvests after its debut, Ronco Calino produces just 5,000 cases a year, including this Brut Franciacorta - a rich yet elegant cuvee of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which spends 21 months on the lees; a rich and creamy Cuvee Saten (100% Chardonnay and Franciacorta’s answer to Blanc de Blanc) and a Rosè Radijan Franciacorta - dedicated to Paolo’s father, made exclusively from Pinot Noir and aged on the lees for 24 months.
'Ronco Calino in Italy's Lombardy region is another estate that characterizes the dynamic energy of Franciacorta. Entrepreneur Paolo Radici from nearby Bergamo founded the estate in 1996 and transferred his passion and business acumen to his vines.' Wine Advocate
Wine AdvocateThe non-vintage Franciacorta Brut is a very ripe expression with loads of yellow fruit and apricot that add immediate lift and intensity. The mouthfeel is broad and thick with loads of deep texture and creamy intensity on the finish. This elegant Franciacorta Brut (80-20 Chardonnay and Pinot Nero) delivers a soft and expansive interpretation of this premium Italian sparkling wine territory. Drink: 2014-2018.
Wine EnthusiastHere's a pungent and intense Italian sparkler (made with Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero) that opens with bright aromas of apricot, mature melon, white almond and yellow rose. The wine is smooth and silky, and there's a ripe, warm quality to the fruit flavors.