Spumante DOC Maximum Rose N.V.
Ferrari - Spumante DOC Maximum Rose N.V. (89 tsomw points)
60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 2 year on lees.
My tasting notes:
In the glass this lovely sparkling shows a bright salon color. The bubble is small / medium and persistent. By fermenting the peel of the pinot noir grape very briefly, this Ferrari Maximum Rose gets a beautiful color.
On the nose delicate aromas of red berries, strawberries with hints of rose petals and light yeasty notes.
On the palate it has a nice soft and light creamy mousse with flavours of cherries, small red berries, bread toast, strawberries and citrus notes. Very nice acidity and freshness with a splendid structure. Great as aperitif or with dishes based on fish and shellfish.
A little history
Some brands transcend the region and form a phenomenon in itself. Ferrari - and then we are not talking about cars - is such a brand. As a company very dedicated to Trentino as a region, but in Italy much better known as a producer of excellent sparkling wines. The sparkling wines from Ferrari make up 50% of the total production of the sparkling wines of the region.
Founder Giulio Ferrari took his inspiration in Champagne. He was so impressed by these wines, who underwent a fermentation in the bottle to get their sparkling character. In 1902 he came with his own variant, also made on the basis of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so exactly the same grapes as in Champagne. He did not think the third important Champagne grape, Pinot Meunier, was good enough.
The successors of Giulio Ferrari have always remained true to the philosophy of him and the company. They are the offspring of Bruno Lunelli, who took over Ferrari in 1952, who currently is in lead over the company. But nothing has ever changed in the strategy. They have always made wines according to the Champagne method (Metodo Classico). A smart strategy. Italians are fond of everything that bubbles and are the biggest buyers of Champagne. Only 10% of Ferrari's wines goes abroad.