Ridgeview Bloomsbury and Castello di Monsanto

Ridgeview Bloomsbury and Castello di Monsanto

Ridgeview Wine Estate Bloomsbury 2014

Ridgeview Wine Estate

Bloomsbury 2014

I have tasted great sparkling wines from across the globe. All have distinctive personalities; many have been truly delicious, but none ever seem to measure up to the elegance and style of Champagne. But one that comes pretty close is this English sparkler from Sussex. With a similar climate and chalky soils, and a little help from global warming, England is making wine that one could easily mistake for Champagne! This sparkling wine is made with the classic Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. It possesses crisp fresh fruit notes of pink grapefruit and melon; hints of toasted brioche, and a long balanced finish. Enjoy this with grilled seafood or fish. Cheers Mate!

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Castello di Monsanto Riserva 2013

Castello di Monsanto

Riserva 2013

Castello di Monsanto was purchased by Aldo Bianchi after visiting the area of Chianti Classico DOCG for a wedding. Aldo fell in love with the estate (it’s hard to see who wouldn’t!) and was soon the sole owner by 1960. 72 hectares encompass this gorgeous vineyard, making it one of the biggest of Chianti Classico. Several different soils are found including Marl, or schist, and Tuff, or clay. The grapes of the Chianti Classico Riserva were grown on the soils more suitable for long maturing then aged in small wooden barrels for 18 months. I’ve loved this wine for years. The wine always impresses with its herbaceous nature, hints of dried rose petals and perfumed smoke. Try it today with gamey meats or pasta bolognese with kielbasa.

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