Awarded a very rare 98 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition review of Italian Icon Wines (see blue link below).
Ferrari Giulio 2006 - Feb 2018 Decanter review
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”.
2006 was an extraordinary year for the grapes destined for making Trentodoc. The long, cold winter delayed the start of the vegetative cycle by about two weeks, but exceptionally hot, dry weather at the end of spring and the beginning of summer allowed the vines to catch up to some extent. In August, abundant rains built up the water reserves and, at the same time, created a cooler climate. The Chardonnay cultivated on our mountainside vineyards developed particularly rich aromas and an excellent level of health, both of which were preserved by the favourable weather conditions during the harvest, which began on 24th August.
It presents itself in the glass with a glowing golden hue, highlighted by extremely fine, persistent bubbles. The bouquet displays an incredible succession of sensations that continue to alternate, ranging from citrus zest to creamy eggnog, from mango to sugared almonds, and from acacia blossom to freshly baked brioche, all underpinned by an enticing hint of iodine. The entry on the palate is sumptuous in its unbridled elegance and light in its incredibly concentrated fruitiness, which offers reminiscences of ripe pineapple, dried fruits and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is very refined, revealing lingering brackish notes that give even greater length to the aftertaste.