This Chardonnay blanc des blancs was grown in Trento’s Dolomites, whose elevation and calcareous soils can produce spectacular sparkling wines. This traditional method sparkler spends a minimum of three years on lees. This bottle was disgorged in 2018 and was dosed to Brut level at 7 g/L of sugar.
The robe is a pale, moony yellow, and while its mousse is active at first, it quickly subsides into a quiet bead. The aromas are savory, leesy, and wet-stony, with only the faintest lift of fruit. The wine is savory but, surprisingly, given the three years en tirage, has only the faintest hit of nuttiness. I expect another year or two of bottle age will add complexity. The structure certainly suggests it.
Pour it now as a light aperitif wine or pair it with young cheeses, charcuterie, finger food.
2012 Madonna delle Vittorie Brut Trentodoc
12.5% abv | $47 (sample) 1,250 cases made