Saturday, November 16, 2013
I must be a hard grader. While I enjoyed the consistent taste and agressive bubble attack on my palette, I rate this an 88, maybe - which is still quite good & makes this one of my new Go Tos for bubbles.
According to the shop pamphlet write up: "Ferrari Brut is made using the traditional Champagne techniques." I might ask: which tradition might that be? On its own or via a 'traditional' infusion of gas? Given the aggressively strong bubbles I'm guessing the later. I am not complaining about the wine, but rather the coy wording on the sales precis.
One criteria which is an absolute must for me on bubbly things, especially if they want a rating higher than "BLECH" is a consistent taste from the front to back of palette. This is surprisingly tough to find. This one was far from Blech. I am not sure what I tasted but it sure was consistent from sip to swallow.
While I don't know if I agree with "significant overtones of ripe golden apples, wild flowers" I still enjoyed it. The bubbles were too aggressive to get any taste beyond the sensation until you stopped to think hard about what you were sniffing or just drank .
The retail price at the the local was $19.99 which is a very good deal for this. At a compared price of $24 elsewhere: not so great. There is more competition at the $25 point.