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How many times have I said and written that I love La Montina? Many, I know… but I'll tell you once again because arriving at sunset with all the lights was beautiful. It was from 2019 that The Montina Franciacorta he did not organize the tasting of Franciacorta Riservas of the same vintages with different disgorgements, so exactly 3 years have passed. And just 3 years ago, on this same occasion, I met Marina Tagliaferri of the Agorà Press Office, my beloved best man who has only one flaw: she lives too far from me! By the way, if you haven't already, I suggest you read on this article on the 2019 edition where we tasted the 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages!

The La Montina Franciacorta estates are made up of the seventeenth-century Villa Baiana, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the wine shop and, of course, the cellar itself. The evening began with a visit to the cellar where an imposing walnut statue dominates Pope Paul VI, placed as a tribute to the history of the first manor house that gave rise to the toponym "Montina" owned by Benedetto Montini, ancestor of the pope.

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La Montina Franciacorta: Tasting notes

Also this year the tasting was conducted by Nicholas Bonera, always on point, very good, light, funny ... and I would do the AIS course again just to have him among the speakers since I could listen to him for hours! The theme of the tasting was the comparison of two different disgorgements from three different vintages and, as always, I confirmed the theory that wines that are left on the lees for a long time give their best a few years after disgorgement, while wines that are left on the lees shorter ones can evolve even many years after disgorgement, assuming peculiar taste-olfactory characteristics. In general, I prefer sparkling wines and in particular the Franciacorta Riserva which have undergone a period on the lees for 4-5 years and then age in the bottle for up to 8-10 years. Obviously when they maintain a creamy bubble and a certain freshness.

La Montina Franciacorta Riserva 2007 Pas Dosé disgorgement 2021 ❤️

Months on the lees: 154 | Grapes: 55% chardonnay - 45% pinot nero | Draft: 2008

It has an intense straw yellow color with golden reflections. The perlage is still very lively and forms an abundant and evanescent foam. The aromas of both fresh and candied fruit dominate the nose with hints of aromatic herbs and white flowers. In the mouth it is very crunchy, softer and more enveloping and with a pleasant buttery finish.

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La Montina Franciacorta Riserva 2007 Pas Dosé disgorgement 2014 ❤️❤️❤️

Months on the lees: 71 | Grapes: 55% chardonnay - 45% pinot nero | Draft: 2008

It has an intense straw yellow color with golden reflections. The perlage is very numerous, quite fine and persistent. The nose is very delicate, fine and complex with notes of raw butter, violets, dates, walnuts, pan brioche. In the mouth it is very crunchy, very fresh, vertical and with a long toasted finish.

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La Montina Franciacorta Satén Brut 2008 disgorgement 2021

Months on the lees: 144 | Grapes: 100% chardonnay | Draft: 2009

It is bright golden yellow with a fine, very numerous and very persistent perlage which forms a very light crown at the edge which lasts for the entire tasting time. The nose is very toasted, with notes of walnut, almond and acacia flowers. In the mouth it is crunchy, very fresh, very structured and very easy to drink. It absolutely does not look like a Franciacorta DOCG that has spent 144 months on the lees!

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La Montina Franciacorta Satén Brut 2008 disgorgement 2013 ❤️❤️++

Months on the lees: 46 | Grapes: 100% chardonnay | Draft: 2009

It has an intense and brilliant golden yellow with a very fine, not very numerous and quite persistent perlage. The nose is delicate, elegant and broad with notes of white chocolate, custard, walnut and apple pie. In the mouth it is silky, but a bit "seated" and it is a real shame because from an olfactory and taste-olfactory point of view it is truly extraordinary. Structured, savory and with a long almondy finish.

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La Montina Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 2009 disgorgement 2021

Months on the lees: 132 | Grapes: 70% chardonnay - 30% pinot nero | Draft: 2010

It has an intense golden yellow with rose gold nuances at the edges. The perlage is fine, numerous and forms an evanescent foam. The nose is a bit closed and something is missing, even if there are hints of interesting spicy and balsamic notes. In the mouth it is very crunchy, sapid and very fresh, it makes you salivate a lot. Long finish.

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La Montina Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 2009 disgorgement 2015 ❤️❤️+

Months on the lees: 67 | Grapes: 70% chardonnay - 30% pinot nero | Draft: 2010

It has an intense golden yellow with antique gold reflections on the edges. The perlage is fine, numerous and persistent. The nose is intense, with enveloping notes of pastry, white chocolate, mushroom, umami, alchermes, candied mandarin and eggnog. In the mouth it is coherent, very crunchy and savory with a saline finish reminiscent of wine Marsala.

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La Montina Franciacorta Riserva Quor 2016 disgorgement 2022

It has an intense and brilliant straw yellow color, with a fine, numerous and persistent perlage. The nose is very delicate and elegant, with notes of crusty bread, incense, honey and linden flowers. In the mouth it is very crunchy, very fresh and sapid, structured. Long finish that significantly increases salivation. Having recently disgorged, today it is not ready yet, but it has great potential for evolution in the bottle.

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The evening continued with an abundant aperitif with raw fish, cured meats, fried foods (fried sage is delicious!) and snails wrapped in pancetta, all accompanied by La Montina Franciacorta DOCG Extra Brut! Snails and I have a bad relationship and Michele – it was the year 2015 – to let me taste them he told me they were dates wrapped in bacon and I fell for them like a cooked pear! I must say that the taste is good, but the idea of ​​eating a snail that is not from the sea really makes sense to me…

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For dinner, the historic chef of La Montina Franciacorta prepared a pumpkin risotto with zola, a classic combination of this season and absolutely perfect as the trend of pumpkin goes beautifully with the flavor and spiciness of this cheese. The veal fillet with truffles and porcini strips was cooked to perfection and the mushrooms really tasty. We concluded with a star anise semifreddo, fresh and pleasant, which paired very well with the Franciacorta DOCG Rosé Demi-sec.

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Many thanks to the Bozza family for the invitation: every year I embrace you again with great pleasure! And congratulations on the splendid form of Vittorio, Giancarlo and Alceo: is it thanks to the excellent Franciacorta DOCG that you produce? 😄

Cheers

Chiara

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