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2002 Bellavista Franciacorta Extra Brut Riserva Vittorio Moretti
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March 2010

($185; a blend of 59% chardonnay and 41% pinot nero) Medium-deep straw with a lively, very fine mousse Deep, slightly smoky nose shows orange blossom, vanillin oak and apricot aromas, plus a good dusting of minerals. Enters the mouth creamy and full, but with plenty of freshness to its ripe citrus, almond and yeasty flavors. Long and pure on the minerally aftertaste. This is the top Franciacorta made by Bellavista, from grapes harvested in the best crus of Erbusco, Nigoline, Torbiato and Colombaro.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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