2003 Rotari Riserva Metodo Classico Trento DOC

An amazing experience, especially at this price. This well-aged sparkling wine started out very delicately and came into its own after being out of the fridge and open for about half an hour — when it turned out to be very much like a light champagne, reflecting four years of ageing on the lees.  A spiced pear aroma with dark fruit in the flavor deepened into secondary (aged) wine characteristics that were very pleasing on the palate. The finish was moderate, not too long, with toasted yeast. When cold, drink as an aperitif on its own. As it opens and warms, drink with food, beginning with antipasto and moving on through a light meal; it will hold its own with the food. Highly recommended, 92, BSE

WHO: Rotari
WHAT: 90% chardonnay, 10% pinot noir
WHERE: Trento, Italy
WHEN: 2003
HOW MUCH: $17 (media sample)