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Ca' del Bosco

Lombardy (Italy)


Wines Reviewed: 13
Average Score: ✧✧✧✧

Carmenero 1999 Carmenero 1999
Elfo 11 Elfo 11
Franciacorta Brut Franciacorta Brut
Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 1998 Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 1998
Franciacorta Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 1996 Franciacorta Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 1996
Franciacorta Dosage Zero Millesimato 1998 Franciacorta Dosage Zero Millesimato 1998
Franciacorta Rosé Millesimato 1998 Franciacorta Rosé Millesimato 1998
Franciacorta Satèn Millesimato 1998 Franciacorta Satèn Millesimato 1998
Maurizio Zanella 1999 Maurizio Zanella 1999
Pinèro 2000 Pinèro 2000
Terre di Franciacorta Chardonnay 2000 Terre di Franciacorta Chardonnay 2000
Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Bianco 2001 Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Bianco 2001
Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Rosso 2000 Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Rosso 2000



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  Carmenero 1999, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Carmenero 1999

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

(Lombardy)
Carmenère
Red Wine Red Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

(Lombardy) The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of purplish red, little transparency. The nose denotes great personality with elegant, intense and clean aromas such as black cherry, cocoa, blueberry, black pepper, bell pepper, plum, black currant and vanilla. In mouth reveals an alcoholic attack however balanced by tannins which already are smooth and round. Excellent correspondence to the nose with intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant. A great wine that will give its best with a further aging in bottle. Carmenero is ages in barrique for 16 months.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese, Braised meat, Stewed meat

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Elfo 11, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Elfo 11

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

(Lombardy)
Sauvignon Blanc (90%), Other Grapes (10%)
White Wine White Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

(Lombardy) The wine shows a greenish yellow color, very transparent. The nose reveals the typical aromaticity of the grape with elegant, clean and very pleasing aromas. There can be perceived intense and good aromas of pineapple, anise, banana, tomato leaf, lemon, litchi, peach, grapefruit and elder. The mouth has a crisp attack, however balanced and agreeable, with intense flavors and good correspondence to the nose. The finish is persistent with clean flavors of lemon, peach and elder. A well made wine. Elfo 11 is aged for 8 months in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 13%

Pasta and risotto with fish, Vegetables pies, Roasted spiced fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Franciacorta Brut, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)  

Franciacorta Brut

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (75%), Pinot Bianco (15%), Pinot Nero (10%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) The wine shows a fine perlage, bubbles in good quantity and persistent. The color is a light straw yellow and nuances of greenish yellow. The nose reveals pleasing and typical aromas such as hawthorn, butter, yeast, lemon, litchi, hazelnut, toasted bread, pear and grapefruit. In mouth has a good correspondence to the nose, agreeable, immediate and balance. The finish is persistent with flavors of lemon, pear, yeast and litchi. This Franciacorta is produced with a base wine obtained by assembling different vintages aged in small oak casks. The wine stays on the lees for a minimum time of 21 months before being disgorged.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Risotto and pasta with fish, Fish appetizers, Vegetables pie

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 8 °C
(46 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

April 2003



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  Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 1998, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta Brut Millesimato 1998

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (65%), Pinot Bianco (16%), Pinot Nero (19%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) This sparkling wine shows a very fine perlage, good quantity of persistent bubbles, good foam. The color is intense straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, crystalline. The nose denotes elegance, with intense, clean and pleasing aromas such as apricot, pineapple, hawthorn, butter, yeast, litchi, apple, honey, hazelnut and grapefruit. In mouth reveals good correspondence to the nose and good effervescence balanced with the rest, a pleasing crisp attack and intense flavors. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of honey, pineapple, apple and grapefruit. This Franciacorta is produced with a wine aged both in steel tanks and small oak casks. The wine stays on lees for a minimum of 35 months before being disgorged.

Alcohol: 12.5%

White meat, Pasta and risotto with vegetables and fish, Roasted fish, Fried fish, Crustaceans

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

April 2003



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  Franciacorta Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 1996, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 1996

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (55%), Pinot Bianco (25%), Pinot Nero (20%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) A great sparkling wine. It has a very fine perlage and persistent bubbles in great quantity, abundant and persistent foam. The nose reveals great personality, with very elegant, refined, clean and pleasing aromas such as apricot, pineapple, banana, butter, bread crust, yeast, litchi, apple, honey, hazelnut, pear, grapefruit and vanilla. In the mouth has an excellent correspondence to the nose, crisp and balanced attack with pleasing, clean and intense flavors. The finish is very persistent and practically endless with clean and pleasing flavors of banana, litchi, pineapple, honey, pear, apple and grapefruit. A magnificent sparkling wine. Cuvée Annamaria Clementi is produced with a base wine fermented in barrique and undergoes full malolactic fermentation and therefore is aged in barrique for 7 months. It stays on the lees for 5 years and 8 months.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Roasted white meat, Pasta and risotto with fish, Stuffed pasta, Roasted spiced fish

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 11 °C
(51 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Franciacorta Dosage Zero Millesimato 1998, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta Dosage Zero Millesimato 1998

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (65%), Pinot Bianco (16%), Pinot Nero (19%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) This sparkling wine shows a very fine perlage, good quantity of persistent bubbles, good foam. The color is intense straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, crystalline. The nose reveals good personality, elegance, complex and clean aromas such as pineapple, banana, butter, bread crust, kiwi, yeast, lemon, litchi, unripe apple, honey, hazelnut and pear. In mouth has a pleasing dry and crisp attack, excellent correspondence to the nose, intense flavors and balanced. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of pear, banana, honey and pineapple. This Franciacorta is produced with a wine aged both in steel tanks and small oak casks. The wine stays on lees for a minimum of 35 months before being disgorged.

Alcohol: 12.5%

White meat, Pasta and risotto with vegetables and fish, Roasted fish, Fried fish, Crustaceans

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Franciacorta Rosé Millesimato 1998, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta Rosé Millesimato 1998

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (60%), Pinot Nero (40%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) This sparkling wine shows a very fine perlage, persistent bubbles in good quantity and good foam. The color is salmon pink and nuances of soft pink, crystalline. The nose reveals very delicate, refined and elegant aromas such as banana, butter, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, yeast, bread crust and grapefruit. In the mouth is balanced , with pleasing and intense flavors and good correspondence to the nose. The finish is persistent with flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. This Franciacorta is produced with a base wine aged both in steel tanks and barriques and stays on lees for a minimum of 36 months before being disgorged.

Alcohol: 12.5%

White meat, Pasta and risotto with vegetables and fish, Roasted fish, Fried fish, Crustaceans

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 11 °C
(51 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

April 2003



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  Franciacorta Satèn Millesimato 1998, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta Satèn Millesimato 1998

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (70%), Pinot Bianco (30%)
Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

Franciacorta (Lombardy) This sparkling wine shows a fine perlage, persistent bubbles and in good quantity, good foam. The color is a deep straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals great personality, with elegant, clean and complex aromas such as ripe banana, butter, bread crust, kiwi, yeast, litchi, apple, honey, hazelnut, pear, grapefruit and vanilla. In mouth denotes a crisp and dry attack, however balanced and with intense flavors, excellent correspondence to the nose. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of grapefruit, apple, pear and banana. This sparkling wine is produced with a base wine aged for 7 months in steel containers and 11 months in barrique. The wine stays for at least 40 months on the lees.

Alcohol: 12.5%

White meat, Pasta and risotto with vegetables and fish, Roasted fish, Fried fish, Crustaceans

Suggested glass Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines 12 °C
(53 °F)
(Mature and Vintage Classic Method Sparkling Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Maurizio Zanella 1999, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Maurizio Zanella 1999

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

(Lombardy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Merlot (25%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

(Lombardy) A great wine. The wine shows a beautiful and brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose denotes personality, with intense, elegant and clean aromas such as black cherry, carob, cherry, chocolate, plum jam, eucalyptus, strawberry, licorice, blueberry and vanilla. In mouth reveals an excellent correspondence to the nose and an excellent balance since the first moments. Intense flavors and tannins which already have a good level of aging. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors of plum and black cherry. A wine which will give its best with a further aging in bottle, however it is drinkable already. Maurizio Zanella is aged in barrique for 15 months.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Game, Roasted meat, Hard cheese, Braised meat, Stewed meat

Suggested glass Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Full Bodied and Very Mature Red Wines)

Issue 8, May 2003



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  Pinèro 2000, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Pinèro 2000

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

(Lombardy)
Pinot Nero
Red Wine Red Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧

(Lombardy) The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose has personality, with complex, elegant and rich aromas where the typicality of Pinot Noir is clearly recognizable. There can be perceived intense and good aromas of black cherry, cherry, chocolate, coffee, eucalyptus, blueberry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of smoky, black pepper and vanilla. In mouth has a slightly crisp attack however well balanced by alcohol. Good correspondence to the nose, soft tannins and intense flavors, good body. The finish is persistent with pleasing flavors or blueberry, cherry and black cherry. A well made wine. Pinèro is aged for 16 months in barrique and for 13 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 14%

Game, Hard cheese, Braised meat, Stewed meat, Roasted meat

Suggested glass Bodied or Mature Red Wines 18 °C
(64 °F)
(Bodied or Mature Red Wines)

April 2003



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  Terre di Franciacorta Chardonnay 2000, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Terre di Franciacorta Chardonnay 2000

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay
White Wine White Wine Score: ✧✧✧✧✧

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy) The wine shows a light straw yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes personality, with clean, pleasing, intense and elegant aromas such as pineapple, banana, broom, apple, hazelnut, pear, peach, grapefruit and vanilla. In the mouth reveals a good balance with a slightly alcoholic attack, very balanced and bodied, with intense flavors and excellent correspondence to the nose. The finish is very persistent with long flavors of pear, apple and grapefruit. A great white. This Chardonnay is fermented in barrique and aged for 11 months in new barriques.

Alcohol: 13%

Roasted fish, Sauteed meat, White roasted meat, Stuffed pasta, Soft cheese

Suggested glass Bodied and Mature White Wines 11 °C
(51 °F)
(Bodied and Mature White Wines)

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  Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Bianco 2001, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)  

Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Bianco 2001

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Chardonnay (80%), Pinot Bianco (20%)
White Wine White Wine Score: ✧✧✧

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy) The wine shows a soft straw yellow color and nuances of greenish-yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes clean, intense and fruity aromas, very pleasing, such as acacia, pineapple, banana, lemon, hazelnut, pear and peach. In the mouth has a pretty crisp attack, however balanced, and a good correspondence to the nose. The finish is persistent with flavors of lemon, pear and peach. This wine is aged for 8 months in steel tanks.

Alcohol: 12.5%

Pasta and risotto with fish, Vegetables pies, Fried fish

Suggested glass Young and Crisp White Wines 10 °C
(50 °F)
(Young and Crisp White Wines)

April 2003



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  Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Rosso 2000, Ca' del Bosco (Italy)  

Terre di Franciacorta Curtefranca Rosso 2000

Ca' del Bosco (Italy)

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Cabernet Franc (19%), Merlot (27%), Nebbiolo (16%), Barbera (13%)
Red Wine Red Wine Score: ✧✧✧

Curtefranca o Terre di Franciacorta (Lombardy) The wine has a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, pleasing, fruity and clean aromas of black cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, plum and hints of pepper and vanilla. In mouth is correspondent to the nose with a slightly alcoholic attack however balanced. Pleasing tannins and intense flavors, good body. The finish is persistent with flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. This wine is aged for 15 month in casks and for 5 months in bottle.

Alcohol: 13%

Braised meat with mushrooms, Stuffed pasta, Roasted meat

Suggested glass Young Red Wines 17 °C
(62 °F)
(Young Red Wines)

April 2003


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