Vintage sparkling wine is a treat – but a 2001 Giulio Ferrari reserve is beyond all expectations.
Happily, it can also lead to complexity, refinement and elegance – in wine as well as people. Such was the case with our recent tasting of Giulio Ferrari 2001 Riserva del Fondatore, from the mountainous Trento DOC of Italy.
For the last month we’ve been exploring the sparkling wines of Ferrari. We finally arrived at the crowning moment, as we popped open the Giulio Ferrari Riserva.
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A Bottle Of SurprisesThe Giulio Ferrari Riserva is different from the start. First of all, it is a sparkling wine from Italy that isn’t Prosecco. This wine is from specially selected Chardonnay grapes from the vineyard of Maso Pianizza. That such a beauty can be made with Chardonnay in the traditional method is a revelation.
This reserve wine has been produced since 1972. The Riserva ages at least 10 years on yeast. It is painstakingly nurtured through the same traditional method used by winemakers in Champagne.
All this, of course, has no meaning if the wine disappoints.
At that instant I wondered whether the Riserva had maintained its vibrancy. I watched as maybe a half dozen columns of bubbles rose to the top. After almost 15 years had it lost its pizzazz?
One amazing sip dispelled all qualms. The Riserva had a wonderful texture courtesy of a persistent fizz. It had several layers of flavor including nuts, citrus and honey.
This is a wine quite sophisticated and elegant. It is from Ferrari’s Reserve Line, the winery’s top range and has a $120 SRP. Some things you can’t put a price on, like magic – which this bottle surely is.
Full Disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.