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Rivetto Kaskal Metodo Classico Vino Spumante di Qualità Dossagio Zero
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Rivetto Kaskal Metodo Classico Vino Spumante di Qualità Dossagio Zero NV

Langhe, Cuneo, Piedmont, ItalyKaskal translates as the way to the king in ancient Sumeric, referencing nebbiolo's nobility. Youthful, energetic, travelled Enrico Rivetto farms his family's estate with a philosophy beyond biodynamics, and towards complete biodiversity. For this unique wine, Enrico uses just the tips of the long nebbiolo grape bunches, handpicked one month before regular harvest. The remainder of the fruit is left on the vine to mature as normal for his nebbioli. This traditional method sparkling is mainly from the 2014 vintage, with 5-7 percent reserve wine from a solera begun in 2010. The wine is fermented with selected yeasts from a private collection pied de cuve in Epernay and did not undergo MLF. Kaskal spent 45 months on lees before bottling with a zero dosage. Tight and focused, with lemon, anise, and vibrant acidity to a lingering, dry and snappy finish. It was disgorged in January 2019. Future vintages will have 60 months on the lees before release. Shockingly good, and incredibly unique. #justthetip.Tasted: 29 May 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 71.95 consignment Producer: RivettoDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Nebbiolo