Tre Bicchieri and Due Bicchieri Rossi are the flagships of Vini d'Italia. A review that embraces small productions along with prestigious best sellers, involving the finest labels tasted by our experts: in this new monthly column we will take you on the journey of our tasting notes.
Vinicola Arno is the brainchild of Micheal and Maria, he originally from Emilia Romagna, she from Portugal's Douro Valley. In 2017 they decided to acquire a vineyard and make their own winery in Mombercelli, a small town between Asti and Nizza Monferrato. Among the vineyards located in Castelnuovo Calcea and Asti, there are also 75-year-old vines that give rise to grape varieties such as Nascetta, Sauvignon and, of course, Barbera.
It's with great affection that we say goodbye to Marcello Monzio Compagnoni, who passed away at the age of 54 last December. In 1995, Compagnoni had moved from his native Valcalepio to Franciacorta, where he founded a modern, well-equipped winery, following through on a passion for the world of Metodo Classico bubbly. The 17-hectare vineyard surface gives rise to the wines that bear his name.
This year we especially appreciated the Franciacorta Brut Cuvée alla Moda, a blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Nero (20%). It opens intense on notes of yeast, almond and toasted hazelnut. The palate is rich and pulpy, with creamy, measured prickle, and an expansive, harmonious finish.
Cesarini Sforza, now part of Cavit, is looking to bolster the already strong image of the brand while developing the character of their sparkling wines. The only goals it shares with the parent company concern the commercial side of things, as the winery wants to be a distinct and autonomous producer. The cellar, situated in southern Trento (in what's considered the hub of regional sparkling wine production), has now entrusted oenological management to Andrea Buccella and reduced its range of lively Trento DOCs, focusing on the most prestigious selections.