One region I have always wanted to visit was Franciacorta! I had the extreme pleasure of visiting this region when in Italy this summer where I went to Mosnel, a stunning winery producing some of the most incredible Franciacorta wines in the area. Wine producers since 1836, this stunning winery and tasting room has some amazing offerings including an incredible selection of wines as well as picnic lunch options in the vineyards.
The wine cellars are from the 16th century and are surrounded by vineyards. They use age-old winemaking production methods which make these wines elegant, sophisticated, and enjoyable. One unique thing that sets them apart is the barrel aging of the wines, as well as their aging caves which ultimately help produce some of the best wines you will taste! Their hospitality centric, have stunning views, and even better wines. I was wildly impressed with all the different styles of Franciacorta they produce, and if you take a winery tour you will get to walk through the barrel rooms and aging caves, and at the end you will enjoy a tasting of their wines.
We began with the Brut which is delicious and easy to drink, it’s a great wine if you love Champagne but are looking for something more “Italian in style”. This wine is exciting and lively with great finesse and a nice finish and would be ideal as an aperitif as well as with some cheeses and meats of course! After the brut we went to the Rosé which was one of my favorites because of its playfulness with every sip. This is a bold rosé that should be enjoyed with polenta, duck, charcuterie, and of course, creamy cheese!
We then moved onto the Pa Dosé which spends 30 months in the cellars and is comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Noir grapes. It’s impressive and well structured and absolutely delicious with a long lasting finish. I absolutely loved this wine with the delicious picnic lunch Mosnel packed for us to enjoy in the vineyards which was Shrimp with Pesto Risotto, Creamy Meat and Olive Dish, as well as the delectable Berry Dessert! We also enjoyed the Pa Rosé which has nice maturity and great acidity. Gorgeous red currant and pomegranate on the nose following through to the palate with a touch of spice and a lingering finish. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this wine is absolutely stunning with 36 moths of age. The EBB 2016 and the Satèn we also got to try which were out of this world. The EBB is exciting and made from Chardonnay where the Satèn is dense and creamy, and ideal with food. Ok, so maybe they’re all ideal with food but the Satèn certainly is a total food Franciacorta and one of my absolute favorites of the lineup!
If you’re seeking to add more wines to your cellar and or simply try something new in the sparkling wine category, and haven’t had the pleasure of tasting Mosnel yet, you must. These wines are unique, elegant, sophisticated, and pair-able with just about everything.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!