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ferrariEven though it is a common Italian surname, say Ferrari and you’ll conjure images of fast and furiously expensive Italian made sports cars, symbols of luxury and wealth.

No less iconic is Ferrari Metodo Classico, an Italian sparkling wine produced at the foothills of the Alps in Trento DOC, a region in the Val d’Adige bedecked by the beautiful Lake Garda with names like Val di Cembra and Valle dei Laghi at 1000 to 2300 ft. above sea level.

The Cantine Ferrari winemaking company founded in northern Italy’s Trentino region in 1902, over a century ago,  by Giulio Ferrari  has earned a worldwide reputation as the premier source of luxury metodo classico sparkling wines from Italy.  The metodo Ferrari is essentially the same as le methode Champenoise,  with the wine being aged for four to five years.

Ferrari’s best-known wines – Ferrari Brut, Perlé and Giulio Ferrari – are blanc de blancs, meaning they are made from 100% Chardonnay, apparent in their remarkable delicacy and finesse.
A pioneer in Italian viticulture, Giulio Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay – and by 1906 the awards had begun to roll in. Ferrari is a 22-time winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, Italy’s highest wine accolade, with the most recent honor going to the 2005 Ferrari Perlé Nero bottling in 2012.
In 1952, Giulio Ferrari, not having any children, entrusted his company to friend and local merchant Bruno Lunelli. Today, the third generation of the Lunelli family is overseeing 300 acres of prime estate vineyards in Trentino and production, in the hands of a capable team of eight winemakers, is led by chief winemaker Marcello Lunelli, four agronomists and members of the family.

These are great holiday wines that pair with anything from smoked salmon to roast turkey.

ferrari 2Ferrari Brut, non-vintage (100% Chardonnay, $25. 12.5% vol.). Medium bodied, soft and creamy with an appealing yeasty toast aroma on the nose with  hints of fresh and dried fruit, wild flowers and minerality balanced by a lively acidity with a touch of pineapple and a faint taste of fresh crusty bread in the mouth.  It pairs well with appetizers, light pastas and seafood.

Ferrari Perlé 2004 (100% Chardonnay, $35. 12.5% vol.).) This is a vintage Blanc de Blanc made with handpicked chardonnay grapes harvested by hand. This wine has spent 5 years on yeast and exhibits a particular intense and delicate bouquet with scents of almond blossom, ripe apples, a faint spiciness and a hint of freshly baked bread.  In the mouth it is well rounded yet crisp and elegant with fruity notes of fresh apples, a touch of citrus and the aromatic flavors typical of Chardonnay.

Ferrari Perlé Rosé 2004 (70-80% Pinot Noir; remainder Chardonnay, $75).

Ferrari Perlé Nero 2005 (100% Pinot Noir, $90).

Giulio Ferrari 2001 (100% Chardonnay, $100).