Italy’s 10 leading fine white wines7th February, 2013 by Rupert Millar
3. Ca’del Bosco, Chardonnay
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Classification: Curtefranca DOC
Average price per bottle: £48
Curtefranca is the still wine cousin of the slightly better known Franciacorta in the east of Lombardy.
Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco dominate the whites planted here, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon the reds.
The grapes are harvested from seven select vineyards and whole pressed.
Robinson describes the vinification technique as including alcoholic fermentation in small barrels and then 10 months ageing on the lees with bâtonage.
The wine is blended before bottling.
The end result is: “Sleek and round. Very good texture and depth of flavour.”
Galloni, meanwhile, thought that the 2008 (92 points) was, “the finest I have ever tasted (from the winery).”