Contratto Riserva Special Cuvée Pas Dosé
Grape Varietal: 90% old vine Pinot Noir, 10% old vine Chardonnay
Vineyard: Laozzolo and Costigliole, Piedmont
Denomination: Metodo Classico – Vino Spumante di Qualità
Tirage: Fall 2010
Riddling: By hand for 4 weeks
Harvest: Last week in August
Fermentation: Old vine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay handpicked and selected. In the winery they are cooled down before crushing and only the free fall juice is collected. First and second fermentation with indigenous natural yeast. After first fermentation, the Chardonnay spends 7 months in French oak, the Pinot Noir stays to mature in stainless steel until Summer after harvest, then both varietals are blended and bottled for second fermentation.
Aging: 6 years on lees in bottle
Alcohol content: 12.5% alcohol by volume
Production: 7,000 bottles per year
Dosage at Disgorgement: No dosage
Tasting Notes: great raciness and acidity while retaining structure and round contours.
Awards: 96 points Wine Advocate, 94 points James Suckling
Formats Available: 750 ml
Current Vintage: 2009