In Italy, they call the effervescence of sparkling wine “perlage.” The perlage is caused by carbon dioxide that some experts say can create up to 49 million bubbles in an average bottle.
Premium Bubbly From Italy
Over the course of the last month we’ve had the chance to enjoy three sparkling wines from the Ferrari. The Italian winery from the Trento DOC was named European Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. They specialize in sparkling wine using Chardonnay grown in the high mountains.
Perlé is a vintage sparkler, something that is noteworthy in the wine world. Most Champagne houses blend wines from different vintages to create the blend that matches their style. Only in the best years are vintage wines produced.
Ferrari is a pioneer in the use of Chardonnay in Italian sparkling wines. Founder Giulio Ferrari was the first to make substantial plantings of Chardonnay in the country. We’re awfully glad he did. Select Chardonnay grapes picked by hand in vineyards 1,300 to 2,200 feet above sea level are used for Perlé.
An Explosive Drinking Experience
We knew this would be a memorable sipping experience when I opened the bottle. I’ve gotten past the “shoot the cork at the ceiling” phase with sparkling wine and now twist out the cork with an enjoyable “pop.” The Perlé had other ideas.
After I removed the foil and wire basket, the cork launched itself! Well, that was easy.
I’m learning that the mark of quality with sparkling wine is the bubbles. If your bubbles peter out too quickly or are seldom seen – you miss out on a good experience.
Perlé was a dynamo of effervescence. The bubbles frothed into a nice mousse and then just kept streaming.
Elegant Flavors And Texture
Flavors of citrus, apples and almonds are wrapped in a creamy texture. Some wines are heavy and ponderous. Perlé energizes you and brightens any occasion.
The wine is aged for at least five years and it is time well spent. The final wine is worthy of a grand celebration and is capable of elevating a mundane event into something memorable.
Perlé has a SRP of $38 and certainly is a great buy at that price. This is one of the most enjoyable wines we’ve had this year. I see that it is also available in large format magnums. That would be spectacular for a New Year’s Eve party. But then again, we probably couldn’t wait!
Full Disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.