Numero Zero Villa Crespia Review And Tasting Notes
Numero Zero Franciacorta by Villa Crespia is a classic method sparkling wine with zero dosage, quite sharp and juicy, delicate, not too complex, but tasty.
It is taut and vibrant like perfumes, pure, deep, and softened by the chiseling of the yeasts. It has grit and the correct dose of citrus and salt on the palate.
It does not aim so much to amaze with special effects but to give back a polaroid of the terroir. After all, the Villa Crespia winery has focused heavily on zoning, identifying, buying, and enhancing small plots to produce a battle base wine and then focusing on a couple of more tailored projects.
And as big as it may be as a winery, it is certainly not an industrial reality in the Berlucchi style. On the contrary, it tries to produce wines with personality, and its commitment is commendable.
How is it produced?
The vines are rooted in mainly calcareous soils of Morean origin. 100% Chardonnay. Early harvest at the end of August, soft pressing and fermentation in wood for 12 months, and steel for 8 months on the lees.
Second fermentation induced with must of the same vintage. Being a pas dosé, there is no dosage: i.e., the wine was not lubricated by additional sugars. It rests for 30 months in the bottle before being marketed.
The bouquet is classic, clean, and declined with great elegance. The tone is sunny, and there is lots of tropical fruit and baked mangoes drowned in lemon custard, but he never exaggerates. It has inspiration, nice thickness, and is not dull.
The Chardonnay triad dominates with citrus, almonds, and butter. The yeasts worked well, creating a pleasant marzipan frame with a delicate floral finish.
On the palate, it shows decisiveness, non-trivial sapid extension, good acidity, and a rocky structure. The flavor is sharp and juicy, with a tasty balance between cedar and bread.
It is already ready to drink now, but it is a spumante metodo classic that can age 10 years in your cellar: the acidity is there and will help it to evolve.
20-22: a calibrated price for a decent quality Franciacorta, which becomes excellent if you have a restaurant and want to put it on the menu as a mid-range sparkling wine.