Ferrari, TrentoDOC (Trentino, Italy) “Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore” 2008

($143, Taub Family Selections):  There is no better Italian sparkling wine producer than Ferrari.  Their entire line-up is Metodo Classico, that is, made with a secondary fermentation performed in the bottle, similar to the process in Champagne.  Everything from their non-vintage blends to their mono-variety Chardonnays (also known as blanc de blancs) is consistently excellent and puts a smile on your face.  This Giulio Ferrari bottling, their flagship, is otherworldly.  The minimal dosage (Extra-Brut) in this bottling allows all its glory to show.  Mineraly. rich, long beautiful spine.  Glorious wine.  Unique.  Not Champagne.
95 Michael Apstein Jan 11, 2022