Franciacorta Extra Brut, Faccoli
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Franciacorta Extra Brut, Faccoli - NV

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Winemaker Claudio Faccoli's family was instrumental in getting the Franciacorta appellation onto the map. Faccoli is small by Franciacorta standards (5 ha) and own prime vineyards of old pergola vines (40 yr+). It was aged in bottle on the lees for 24 months and if you're into blind-tasting, this will undoubtedly be taken as a fine Champagne. Full of minerals, citrus fruits, flowers and will clearly age for years to come in bottle.


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Staff Pick Notes

No one puts the sparkle in sparkling wine better than the Italians, and that's reflected in a lot of their bubbly (Prosecco, Lambrusco, Moscato d'asti). But let me introduce you to its serious side, Franciacorta. These sparkling wines are made in the same way as Champagne, with second fermentation in the bottle, but with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. They've been making wine here (in the Lombardy region of northern Italy) since Pliny the Elder but only in the last 50 years have they gotten serious about their metodo classico wines. Faccoli is a small, family run winery started in 1963 and is now in the hands of the 3rd generation. This extra brut is a late disgorgement, which means 3 years on the lees, dry, minerally, toasty, bright, citrus. Seriously good.

- ALM

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