Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut
Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut is a Pinot Nero grape sparkling white from Bruno Giacosa. The grapes are actually bought in for this effort from Oltrepo Pavese but the Giacosa experience and vinification processes give added quality. I’m tasting this as part of “Nero Week”, not an actual term but a personal made up one for my own little exploration of Italian Pinot Nero and so far, I am blown away by the quality of Italian Pinot Nero in all their guises.
Yesterday the Nero del Tondo 1990 got a 93 point score and today with the Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut I am handing out another 90 pointer (ok, just 90 points exactly!). If you’re reading this from the Parker boards, thanks to Mark Fornatale, Darius Namdjou and Riccardo Campinoti for your suggestions for other Italian Pinot Neros which I am going to list at the bottom of the blog and try and source to give a taste.
Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 2006– BUY – €18.50
Usual light straw colour in the glass, medium sparkling action, bubbly but not insane. Great on the nose, yeast and toast qualities with some nice floral and fruity notes, apples and lemons. Nice, rounded and large mouth feel for a sparkling wine with quite a sweet lemon like mid palate and a vibrant, nice length finish. Great balance, refreshing and good acidity. This Giacosa can be kept up to around 10 years. 90 Points
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Piero Constantini – €18.50
Americans – Vinopolis – $23
Brits – John Armit – £15.60
Pinot Nero Recommendations
Gottardi Mazzon Pinot Nero
La Pineta by Podere Monastero
Question of the Day
Your favourite kind of sparkling wine?