Contratto Winery Visit

Contratto in Canelli

Tasted August 28, 2014 by Derek Darth Taster with 236 views

Introduction

Tour of the massive underground cellar with Peter Birks. Very traditional sparkling winemaking.

Flight 1 (5 notes)

White - Sparkling
2009 Giuseppe Contratto Piemonte Metodo Classico Brut Millesimato Italy, Piedmont, Piemonte DOC
80% Pinot Noir. 20% Chardonnay.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Fine bubbles.
Nose is clean, light intensity, with aromas of light white flowers and yeast. Developing.
On the palate, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium body. Medium- flavour intensity, with flavours of Pinot fruit and some slight creamy nutty notes. Elegant. No tartness here. Medium finish.
White - Sparkling
2010 Giuseppe Contratto Asti Blanc de Blancs Brut Costigliole Italy, Piedmont, Asti
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Fine bubbles. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with yeasty, biscuity aromas. Developing.
On the palate, dry, rounded mouth-feel with medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of citrus lemon, biscuit, and a hint of minerality. Long finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
2009 Giuseppe Contratto For England Rosè Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Alta Langa
100% Pinot Noir.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, very light pink colour. Fine bubbles. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of citrus orange, apricot, and yeasty bread. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of citrus orange, apricot, and biscuit. Structure and texture evident. Long finish.
White - Sparkling
2009 Giuseppe Contratto For England Pas Dosé Italy
100% Pinot Noir. Zero dosage.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Fine bubbles. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with lovely aromas of freshly baked bread, apple cider, and saline minerality. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of Pinot red fruit, brioche, apple cider. Long finish. Elegance, structure, and complexity.
White - Sparkling
2011 Giuseppe Contratto Asti De Miranda Italy, Piedmont, Asti
100% Moscato.
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Fine bubbles. Legs.
Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with aromas of perfumed flowers, fresh herbs, honey. Youthful.
On the palate, sweet, high acidity to balance, low alcohol, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of floral rose, honey, garden herbs, and grapes. Medium+ finish.
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