The pace of my visit to Franciacorta last week was pretty intense.
Because I was with a high-profile wine writer, the Consortium had us do what we call a “death march” in the wine trade.
Our first appointment was at 9:30 a.m. every day we were there (except the first, when our day began at noon). And nearly every day, we had two tastings in the morning, one or two tastings in the afternoon, and then we tasted more wine at dinner.
It was a demanding schedule but it did give me a chance to taste a lot of wines I’ve never sampled before.
In the end, I reckon we tasted about 20 wines per day and 100 or so wines in total.
The slide show below is a smattering of the wines (in no particular order or hierarchy).
After tasting so many labels over such a short period of time, I’m convinced more than ever of Franciacorta’s unique character in the panorama of fine sparkling wine. Freshness and a beautiful sour note were the red threads that bind these wines together.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll post my many notes and observations. In the meantime, here’s a preview…