Wine Details

Contratto Riserva Special Cuveè Pas Dosé

This predominantly Pinot Noir (plus 5% old vine Chardonnay from La Spinetta’s Lidia vineyard) Riserva rests for seven long years on the lees, revealing a big, pure sparkling wine of extraordinary elegance, intensity and purity. The Special Cuvèe is rich and full-bodied with a perfect level of ripeness that tastes both sweet and salty at the same time. Enjoyable as an aperitif, this opulent Metodo Classico sparkling wine is also an excellent companion to a meal, particularly seafood.

Region:

Producer:

Contratto Sparkling Wine

Varietal:

90% PINOT NOIR 10% CHARDONNAY

Vineyard:

Loazzolo and Costigliole, Piemonte

Aging:

7 years on lees in bottle

Alcohol content:

12.0%

pH level:

3.1

Acidity:

7.5 g/l

Production:

7,000 bottles

Vinification:

Grapes are manually picked, selected and kept separate according to their vineyard location. In the winery they are cooled down before crushing and only the free fall juice is collected. First and second fermentation with indigenous yeast. After the first fermentation, the Chardonnay spends 7 months in French oak, the Pinot Noir matures stainless steel vats until summer after harvest. Then both wines are blended and bottled for the 2nd fermentation

Harvest:

Last week in August

Residual Sugar:

0.0 g/l

Recent press reviews

94+

Contratto Riserva Special Cuveè Pas Dosé 2011

Wine Advocate (94+)- "A softly layered and rich sparkling wine with thick layers of pastry crust and peach cobbler, complete with almond flakes and buttery highlights. This is a beautiful wine that hits many of the archetypal traits you look for in an aged, medium-bodied sparkler. The finish is full, generous, opulent and creamy."

93

Contratto Riserva Special Cuveè Pas Dosé 2011

James Suckling (93)- "Lots of cooked apples and peaches with toasted-oak and coconut character. Full body. Thick and flavorful. Very rich and intense. Drink now."

96

Contratto Riserva Special Cuveè Pas Dosé 2010

Wine Advocate (96)- "This wine sees seven long years of yeast contact. It celebrates the estate's 150th anniversary (1867-2017). The 2010 Metodo Classico Special Cuvée Pas Dosé is almost entirely Pinot Nero, with a 5% part of Chardonnay from the same site that makes La Spinetta's Lidia. This is a big picture sparkling wine, that when reviewed in its entirety reveals extraordinary balance, intensity and purity. These excellent attributes are lavished over the wine's generously full-bodied approach. Best of all, there is a perfect level of ripeness here that tastes sweet and salty at the same time."