2022 Bortolomiol, Brut Millesimato Pinot Noir, Filanda Rosé, Sparkling Wine, Oltrepò Pavese, Italy.
This vivid pink/salmon hued Bortolomiol Filanda Brut Rosé is crisply focused and clean bubbly with ripe Pinot fruit, bright citrus, mineral tones and an elegant creamy, but energetic mousse, making for a distinctive Italian sparkling wine that comes from the Oltrepò Pavese area in the Lombardy region. In contrast to their classic Prosecco, the Filanda Rosé comes from a different zone and this wine is made using only Pinot Nero grapes from that Oltrepò Pavese zone in north west Italy and sees a cool temperature controlled primary fermentation, which adds to the heighten aromatic quality here, allowing for its pretty rosewater element and its general floral highlights. While dry and fully a Brut bottling, this is a nicely fruity and expressive wine that can be enjoyed on its own and can be pleasing with a wide range of cuisine options. The brief skin maceration gives the natural color and provides complexity and the three months of lees aging adds richness and depth.

Giuliano Bortolomiol, known for his Prosecco, made his first rosé in the early 1970s and today his daughters Maria Elena, Elvira, Luisa and Giuliana carry on the family tradition, along with with their mother Ottavia run the Cantine Bortolomiol, based in Valdobbiadene. As well as their classic Prosecco, they produce this unique 100% Pinot Nero Sparkling Rosé, the Filanda Rosé, usually crafted with a single harvest or vintage. The winery decided the Filanda Rosé, made by women winemakers, was going to be dedicate to the women who worked in the Valdobbiadene silk mills, women who with their hard work contributed so greatly to the development of the area, which became famous for the Prosecco bubbly. This is, as the Bortolomiol’s explain, A homage from women to women, and is a proudly pink and wears its pink color with pride and strength. This was a fun way to celebrate women winemakers at a recent international celebration of women in wine tasting event and I highly recommend this Bortolomiol Brut Filanda Rosé. The full flavors and acidity here does allows for this Sparkling Wine to go well tomatoes and pasta, as well as medium spicy foods.
($33 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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