Bellavista

Vittorio Moretti has spared no expense with the crown jewel of his wine empire, Grupo Moretti also owns Contadi Castaldi in Franciacorta, Petra and Tenuta La Badiola in Maremma. Under the direction of winemaker Mattia Vezzolla, Bellavista has emerged as the most important producers of Franciacorta. Founded in 1977, the Bellavista winery now owns 190 hectares of vines, covering about a tenth of Franciacorta vineyards, and produces an average of 1,150,000 bottles a year, with a top production capacity of 1,500,000. The name is derived from the spectacular vista from the highest vineyards, which overlook from the Po Valley to the distant Alps. The Bellavista cuvée is the result of the blending of over 90 selections from 107 crus. Harvesting, pressing, tank fermentation, bottling, corking, remuage and dégorgement are all carried out by hand. Each vineyard is harvested and fermented separately. Partial barrel fermentation adds to the complexity, balance and longevity of the base wines, allowing Bellavista the ability to create a style that is consistent vintage to vintage.

Cuvée Franciacorta Brut

Made from approximately 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco cultivated from 100, estate owned plots, in 10 different communes of Franciacorta. A significant portion of the wine is barrel fermented for up to 7 months. Up to 9 earlier vintages are blended into the final cuvee to fine tune a consistent signature style.

Reviews:

"A sparkling wine that shows tension and vivacity with cooked-apple, peach and lemon aromas and flavors. Full body, plenty of fruit and a crisp finish. Attractive bread-dough undertones. Always an excellent sparkling wine. Drink now." ~ 92, Decanter

 

"The NV Brut Cuvée is simply beautiful. White peaches, jasmine, minerals, ash and grapefruit are some of the aromas and flavors that come together in its taut, focused Franciacorta. This is a superb example of Italy's best reasonably priced méthode Champenoise wine. I loved it." ~ 91, Vinous February 2011

Price: (6 Bottles) FL $144, 3cs $132, 5cs $ 126
 
Franciacorta Brut Rosé 2010

The Franciacorta Rosé Brut is a special cuvée of limited production, a blend of at least 30 of the best parcels from the Bellavista vineyards, some of which are fermented and matured in small oak barrels. The wine is made partially from red grapes in submerged cap maceration, where the must is in contact with the Pinot Noir skins until fermentation, giving the wine a delicate color.

Reviews:

"Gorgeous perfumes of strawberry and lemon. Peaches too. Full body, plenty of wonderful fruit. Complex finish of pie crust, light yeast and dried fruits. An excellent rosé sparkling wine through and through. Drink and enjoy." ~ 95, Top 100 Italian Wines of 2015, James Suckling October 2015

 

"Here's a wine that opens with the palest and most delicate of peach-pink colors. The 2010 Franciacorta Brut Rosé is endowed with grace and feminine appeal thanks to its pretty appearance and its enduring aromas of peach, bergamot, rose petal and almond marzipan. The aromas float seamlessly together and show a superior level of integration. Frothy mousse adds creaminess, softness and persistency. The wine is aged in both oak and stainless steel and the grape composition consists of 62% Chardonnay and 38% Pinot Nero." ~ 92, Wine Advocate September 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $200, 2cs $192
 
Franciacorta Brut Gran Cuvée 2008

Only a few, essential pre-requisites enable the creation of this Franciacorta, which has been conceived to represent the beauty of an energy that is enhanced by the passing of time. A high hill vineyard, the choice of South/South-Easterly exposures and an average vine age of over 25 years are the rigorous specifications that guide Bellavista in the creation of this Franciacorta wine. Over 30% of the wines that are included in this Cuvée ferments and is matured in small white oak casks for no less than 7 months. We thus create a natural asset which, when blended with the remaining selections, helps to perfect and enhance the overall balance. A special selection of 72% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Nero, with up to 30% of the wine barrel fermented for over 7 months.

Reviews:

"This shows a beautiful density as well as freshness with a creamy texture. Pretty bead. It shows light lemon curd and apple. It's full body, bright and vivid in acidity and a crisp finish. Very clean. Drink now." ~ 91, James Suckling November 2014

 

"Roasted nuts and savory spices, coffee notes, dry, nicely textured, earthy, overripe pear and peach notes under a bitter finish boasting a roasted coffee been complexity." ~ The Sommelier Journal, December/January 2015/2016

Price: (6 Bottles) FL $180.00, 2 cs $172.00, 4 cs $160.00
 
Riserva Vittorio Moretti Extra Brut 2006

The flagship of the Bellavista lineup is only released in the finest vintages, from the finest crus of Franciacorta. The wine is composed of almost equal portions of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, partially barrel fermented, and aged up to 7 years before release.

Reviews:

95 Points, Top 100 Italian Wine of 2015 ~ James Suckling

Price: (6 pk) $560 Net
 
Gran Cuvee Pas Opere Extra Brut 2006

Made from approximately 62% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir and zero dosage. This Pas Opere results from an extremely strict selection of grapes from vineyard plots that are on average over 20 years old, with most of the must barrel fermented.

Reviews:

"Disgorged in 2012, the 2006 Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Pas Opere Extra Brut shows focused tones of yellow fruit and citrus wrapped within thicker notes of toasted almond and freshly baked bread. Soft elegance and aromatic complexity set the tone for this beautifully evolved sparker comprised of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Nero. Drink: 2014-2020." ~ 92, Wine Advocate December 2013

Price: (12 pk) Fl $520, 3cs $480