The last three paragraphs of a lenghthy article by Elenora Scholes on her site "
", the article entitled "Bellavista: exceptional details (fine) wines №3 winter 2007-2008"
"Bellavista range consists of five sparkling wines. The flagship Cuvee Brut, Chardonnay dominated with 20% of Pinots, is followed by vintage Gran Cuvee Brut. Here the amount of Pinot Nero is increased to 28%. Other wines also come from specific vintages. Gran Cuvee Saten — is the equivalent of the Blanc de Blancs champagne, it is aged only in barrels and demonstrates the feminine side of Chardonnay. Gran Cuvee Brut Rose is obtained by short maceration of Pinot Nero on skins, it consists of approximately equal parts of Pinot and Chardonnay. Finally,Grand Cuvee Pas Opere — a classic, fundamental cuvee with the Chardonnay base (65%), the harvest is picked from the oldest vineyards.
Curious nuances are found in the design of bottles. A stylishly laconic shape of bottles, in the spirit of the best Italian design, was created by Vittorio Moretti. If you carefully look at the wire ring at the neck of the bottle, you notice that it is turned up over the capsule. A small thing, but the capsule has to be put by hand. Attention to details is crucial at all stages of production.
Rounded and impeccably balanced sparkling wines of Bellavista are a true pleasure for those who drink them. The difference between the styles, though, allows finding individual gastronomic partners for each wine. Cuvee Brut will be best suited to light snacks and canapes, while Gran Cuvee Brut will make a good match with white meat and fish with sauce. Sumptuous Gran Cuvee Pas Opere demands refined gastronomic partners such as oysters and fish carpaccio, and Gran Cuvee Brut Rose will be excellent with fresh berry desserts. Gran Cuvee Saten is probably best left without food — the wine is self-sufficient. The same can be said about well aged vintage Bellavista wines. After 10-15 years of life they create most unforgettable impressions."