Harvest Zero “VZ” Franciacorta docg Pas Dosé
The. Agr. Vezzoli
I'm 30 years that we know Giuseppe and his family, and ever since, we can really say about wine if it was poured out a lot. Great passion and competence of careful winemakers, that with a brilliant mind and a love for their vineyards to say the least visceral. The Vezzoli family have owned vineyards for more than a century and have been breeding Chardonnay Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir in some of the most beautiful lands in the Franciacorta area: Erbusco, Adro, Cologne and Capriolo. All with altitude beyond 200 meters, they have excellent exposures: basically North / South for the white berry and east / west for the dark berry. Thanks to the climate mitigated by the mountains on one side and Lake Iseo on the other, these areas have always stood out for mild temperatures and varied soil: from the moraine, sandy clay and glacial soils, all particularly suited to the production of grapes for sparkling wine. Those were the years 60 when the first bubbles began to appear, clearly inspired by the transalpine cousins, but the real "change of pace" occurred at the beginning of the years 2000. Vezzoli, together with other small realities of that period, he hypothesized the use of only the raw materials present in the vineyard: exclusively what Natura offers in order to produce Sparkling wines which are highly representative of the technical sensitivity of the winemaker and expression of the vineyards of origin. From 2008 the path of innovation and continuous research based above all on the work in the vineyard continues so as to avoid "corrections and adjustments" in the cellar.
The ZERO HARVEST it is the last jewel of Joseph. He caused a sensation when he presented it, as this classic method is the result of extreme planning and ambition. E’ produced by the assembly of different vintage wines: every year a part called “zero harvest” of the thousandth wine of each new vintage is added to the “mother” tank. From here the draft will be carried out and then the second fermentation, always on its own yeasts, for at least 48 months and not be dosed at mouth. Easy to say, but for a winemaker to produce a classic method in this way is a challenge. Obviously declared "no year" on the label, the VZ on the market is produced by the assembly of thousandths 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 assembled, fermented in barrique for 6 months and refermented 48 months after months in the bottle and not dosed. In the glass it is straw yellow with fine and consistent perlage; the nose reveals rich hints of exotic yellow fruit, white flowers with hints of minerality. On the palate it is full-bodied, structured, asciutto, vertical and maintains the “soft” elegance typical of Chardonnay. Vendemmia Zero is a great fine and very refined Italian Blanc de Blancs Pas Dosé, which expresses in the glass all the beauty and strength of the terroir to which it belongs.