A Franciacorta that seeks harmony and balance only in the wine itself, and in its long evolution in contact with the yeast, without the outside “help” of the liqueurs de dosage.
The portrait of Gualberto Ricci Curbastro: among the first to believe in the Franciacorta DOC in 1967 and creator of the recent history of the Ricci Curbastro.
Grapes: 60-70% Pinot Noir, 30-40% Chardonnay.
Vineyards: Franciacorta (Brescia) in the town of Capriolo.
Production cycle: the temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats, and partially in oak barrels, is followed in the spring by the “en tirage” process, with the start of a slow second fermentation in bottles, according to the traditional Franciacorta method. The bottles are stacked for at least 60 months (68 months total from harvest), ensuring its unmistakable bouquet, which is due to contact with and the autolysis of the yeast. After the disgorgement stage, with the addition of a liqueur de dosage without sugar, the Gualberto undergoes another fining period in the wine cellar for several months.
Color: bright yellow color with an abundant, fine, and persistent bead.
Nose: fresh and sweet of fruit, peach, orange, melon, combined with a fine mineral character, and also almonds, nuts, and a scent of bread.
Palate: Very fresh in the mouth, full attack, with a good creaminess. The fine acidity is supported by a structure that is up to the job. Excellent persistence.
Alcohol content: 12.5% vol.
Bottle storage: In a horizontal position, in the dark, in a cool, dry environment.
Serving method: serve at 10°C (50º F), preferably in a bucket with water and ice, uncorking the bottle when ready to serve, using slim glasses that are not too narrow.
Gastronomy: Excellent as an aperitif with hors d’oeuvres, crudités, seafood, pasta with seafood or shellfish, baked fish.
Size: Available in 0,75 l and 1,5l( magnum) bottles.