Pas Dose 2016 Contratto Metodo Classico 750ml

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Vintage Sparkling Wine 

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Region: Piedmont, Italy

Notes: The Millesimato has the bright intensity and definition of the highest caliber sparkling wine. A Pinot Noir (~80%) and Chardonnay (~20%) blend, this wine is hand-riddled in the cellar where it ages nearly 5 years before release. In the mouth, it is creamy and rich with fine, soft beading. Abundant honey, apricot and sweet almond meld with notes of lemon mousse and honeydew, resulting in an undeniably delicious and appealing wine.

Critical Acclaim: 

James Suckling 93 Points
This has a straw color with a yeasty, toasty and mineral nose of toasted sourdough, dried jasmine, dried pineapple, apple, lemon and slate. Some licorice, too. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy, caressing mousse and lively acidity. Excellent balance and length.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93 Points
The Contratto 2016 Alta Langa Metodo Classico Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé shows a pale pink presentation (it's a rosé, really) with a fragile and delicate bouquet. The wine releases aromas of citrus and orchard fruits, with some lightly toasted almond or breakfast brioche. To the palate, the wine is silky and fine with soft beading.