2008 Fratelli Lunelli Ferrari Perlé Nero Trentodoc

Exquisite blanc de noirs from Trento

2008 Fratelli Lunelli Ferrari Perlé Nero Trentodoc

Ferrari’s vintage blanc de noirs is 100 percent Pinot Noir grown in the Dolomite vineyards of Villa Margon, Maso Orsi, and Maso Valli. A traditional method sparkler—in Italian método classico—the wine spends at least six years en tirage. The 2008 is the current vintage in the market; this bottle was disgorged in 2015.

I love Ferrari’s wines. And, full disclosure, I was a guest at their winery and vineyard in 2013, an experience that turned me into an acolyte of mountain viticulture and cold climate sparkling winemaking. Here’s a photo of me in their young vineyard above Villa Margon:

Meg Houston Maker in Trento at Ferrari’s Villa Margon

While Perlé Nero is not Ferrari’s prestige vintage cuvée—that’s the Giulio Ferrari Riserva Fondatore—this millesimato sparkler is at the top of their line-up. It’s toasty, offering a heady scent of roasted hazelnuts, brioche, and pastry. It’s fruity, suggesting tawny Bosc pear, tart strawberry, and ripe raspberry (if you close your eyes you can readily imagine it’s a rosé). The mousse is very fine, creamy and prickly all at once, but as the foam subsides the wine explodes in savoriness and a sense of hazelnuts, again, bringing the experience full circle.

Superbly well-crafted and delicious now, it will continue to evolve in bottle for many years. It’s a sublime celebratory wine to toast special occasions, but it also has the substance to be poured throughout the meal. Try it with roasted poultry, meaty fish, or a mixed cheese course scattered with nuts and dried fruits.


2008 Fratelli Lunelli Ferrari Perlé Nero Trentodoc

12.5% abv | about $80 (sample) Imported by Palm Bay International

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