Looking for a high-quality alternative to French Champagne? Many other estates within France itself, not to mention Spain, Germany, United States and even England are making just that! Ferrari, located in Trento, Italy, has been making “Metodo Classico,” (Italian for “Methode Champenoise” whereby the second fermentation to produce the bubbles is achieved within the bottle) since 1902.
Ferrari (long owned by the Lunelli family), makes today’s wine, the 2009 Perlé Brut. This is a 100% Chardonnay, which sits on its yeasty sediment (or “lees”) for five years before being disgorged (to remove that sediment) and then released to the market. This is a delightful wine for drinking with or without food, and also for discussing what makes this splendid wine similar, yet decidedly different, from its French counterparts.
2009 Ferrari Perlé Brut, Metodo Classico, Trento D.O.C. $38 srp
Yellow to brilliant gold in color. A smorgasbord of pear, apple and citrusy notes, underpinned by a mineral edge and fresh pastry/brioche-like warmth. The flavors are firm yet full-bodied with a creamy lemon custard texture and a long vibrant finish. It’s persistent and lush with suggestions of peach and unsweetened almond paste. Simply delicious by itself or to accompany fatty cheeses or meats. Drink now-2018.