Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has now persisted through two more generations. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.
The iconic Italian sparkling wine par excellence, Giulio Ferrari is an outstanding product that is designed to stand the test of time. It is a Trentodoc obtained from the finest Chardonnay grapes from the Lunelli family’s own vineyards on the slopes of the mountainsides that surround Trento, at up to 600 meters above sea level. It matures on its lees for over 10 years, acquiring great complexity but, at the same time, maintaining balance, freshness and elegance. It has obtained extremely high ratings in the most authoritative trade magazines, including 98/100 from Decanter and 96/100 from the Wine Advocate. Giulio Ferrari is also the only sparkler that has been selected by “Wine Spectator” as one of Italy’s top 10 wines (for its “Best of Italy Tasting” at the Wine Experience) and it has been selected by “Wine Enthusiast” for its “Top 100 Wine Cellar Selection”.
In the 2005 vintage, characterized by very rich aromas and great complexity, they opted for an extremely low dosage of 3 g/l, allowing them to classify the wine as Extra Brut. The reduced dosage highlights the depth of taste, the persistence and great freshness of this Trentodoc, which appears to be extremely youthful in spite of its having been on its lees for more than ten years.
Its brilliant golden hue is enhanced by an aristocratic and refined stream of bubbles. Initially, the nose offers multi-faceted nuances that are reminiscent of dried fruits, roasted hazelnuts, fresh crusty bread and honey. The bouquet takes on hints of exotic fruit and white chocolate, perfectly in harmony with some faintly smoky tones. On the palate, the it displays all of the refinement suggested on the nose: full-flavoured, elegant and well-balanced. It offers a very long aftertaste, in which one finds lingering suggestions of apricots and brine, creating an exciting and very persistent finish.