There is no doubt that the sparkling production of Ferrari wineries, their Trento DOC, represents one of the highest productive peaks of this kind in Italy, and that these wines are among the most renowned ambassadors in the world of Italian style. On the other hand, the history of this House was born more than a century ago, when the young oenologist Giulio Ferrari (trained at the Royal Agricultural School of San Michele all’Adige and at the exclusive School of Viticulture of Montpellier) founded it in 1902, at the age of 23, and begins to produce sparkling wines, making use of his experience gained during his apprenticeship in Epenay, in Champagne.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
From this cellar, according to the owner’s wishes, very few bottles come out, about 9000 a year, which immediately meet the approval of the fans, to the point that the new vintages are booked years in advance. Despite the brand’s fame, Ferrari will remain a niche brand until 1952 when Giulio Ferrari, having no heirs, will sell the winery and the brand to Bruno Lunelli who, already in 1929, had founded a famous wine shop in Trento. Thanks to the work of Bruno, and subsequent generations of the family, the Trento DOC Ferrari will make the definitive leap that has led them, today, to produce annually over 4,500,000 bottles.
What has not changed is the quality, and the property is constantly looking for new challenges to take up and win, as the last in order of time, that of the biological regime. Since 2010, in fact, the winery has adopted practices such as the total ban of fertilizers, pesticides and chemical herbicides, the use of the green manure technique, the sowing of essences in the vineyard (to increase fertility), and the bet on the restoration of biodiversity in the vineyard, receiving, in 2015, the biodiversity friend certification.
All this, however, would be a little thing if the results did not live up to the name that this winery has built with decades of work on the quality of its wines, as in the case of Trento DOC Riserva Lunelli, one of the products belonging to the Riserva line, perhaps the most emblematic. It is a pure Chardonnay obtained from the vineyards surrounding Villa Margon, a sixteenth-century villa currently used as a representative venue of the winery. One of the peculiarities of this wine is that it remains the only one, in the whole production line, to make the first fermentation in large Austrian oak barrels enriching, in an evident way, its taste and olfactory profile, before the refermentation in bottle of at least seven years.
The 2010 vintage shows an intense straw-yellow color, bordering on golden, with a discreet but persistent perlage, and an olfactory fan that opens on notes of dried apricot, raisins, mango and custard cream, followed by citrus fruits, grass full of dew, croissant and nutmeg, with final echoes of roasting and burnt bone. The palate, gently massaged by the perlage, ranges from a kind of iodine flavor to citric notes, from glycerin to white pepper; all enriched by the return of ripe yellow fruit and spices that persist even after a juicy closure.
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