Two Franciacorta wines included in Wine Spectator’s prestigious OperaWine selection

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Each year, the editors of Wine Spectator select 100 wines for the gala opening of Vinitaly, the Italian wine trade’s annual fair in Verona.

This year, two Franciacorta wines made the prestigious list.

Here’s what Corriere della Sera columnist Luciano Ferraro had to say about the wines on his blog, DiVini Corriere (translation mine).

“The first is the Bellavista flagship wine,” writes Luciano, “‘Vittorio Moretti,’ with a new orange look, 2006 vintage. It’s an Extra Brut made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and it’s the same limited-edition wine that was poured on opening night at La Scala in Milan. In the its description of the wine, which is named after the entrepreneur who runs the company, the Moretti family has borrowed a few lines from Horace: No poetry can please or hope to live / That water-drinkers to the public give. According to Bellavista enologist Mattia Vezzola, the summer of 2006 delivered ‘impeccable grapes, perhaps the best ever.'”

“Not far down the road from the Moretti family, the second bottle from Lombardy — the Cuvée Annamaria Clementi by Ca’ del Bosco — comes to life. The 2004 will be presented at OperaWine. It dedicated the winery’s founding matriarch, Maurizio Zanella’s mother: mostly Chardonnay, with smaller amounts of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir, aged seven and a half years on its lees. In the words of Zanella, it’s a wine “without compromise [made using] only wine from the best casks from sixteen base wines.” Zanella, who serves as the Franciacorta consortium’s president, has designed a machine that allows him to disgorge the wine — the last operation in the process — in the absence of oxygen, as if he were in space. As a result, he can bottle the wine without the addition of SO2.”

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