Punta Crena Savonesi Spumante Brut 2014

Punta Crena Savonesi Spumante Brut 2014

28.99

So what sparkling is the opposite of Champagne? Some might say Prosecco, but let’s face it--French Champagne can be pretty automated and industrial, too.  Here in Liguria, on Italy’s Mediterranean coast and just a short trip up the coast road from Monaco and Nice, lies the sleepy, idyllic village of Varigotti where the Ruffino family makes this utterly unique bubbly from Mataossu grapes planted in 1930 and grown on ancient terraces practically at the water’s edge.  A grape variety you may not have heard of? Yeah, all of three vintners in Italy grow it. Describing this traditional-method sparkler as “edgy” would be an understatement. This assertive bubbly doesn’t envelop you in toasty creaminess, but grabs your taste buds shakes them back and forth.  The profile is bitter almond skin, citrus zest, and so much salty sea air you’ll need one of those yellow raincoats after you get through half the bottle. This curiosity beside the pistachio-encrusted or something from the bivalve family would be engaging, we’re thinking.

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