Joska Biondelli, the Russel Crow of Franciacorta, and his good year

by Friday, November 29, 2013

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When I think of Joska Biondelli can't help but compare it – and not for the incredible likeness but – to Russel Crow in the film a good year (original title: A Good Year), where the “Gladiator” plays Max Skinner, cynical London broker. Like him, probably also would the Office today Joska in any high floor of Wall Street or the City and like him if he hadn't heard the Joska call Earth his life would be changed from one day to the next.


The result of these life choices it sublimes into just two labels of Franciacorta – Although a little’ Rosé version will debut – who in the freshness of youth – Joska has roughly 30 years – and elegance of a family of consuls such as that from which it originates. In this, We have put a hand even the world champion of sommelier 2010, Luca Gardini, and the winemaker Cesare Ferrari.

(C)antine Biondelli a signature Brut and in Franciacorta Satèn, Thanks to 10 hectares owned all cultivated Chardonnay for the Franciacorta and later Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Barbera for Red Curtefranca, currently in organic conversion scheme. The particularity of the Satèn is c in the choice of proposing a product pas dosé, unique rare case for this type. The result is a sparkling dry but elegant, where the acidity and flavor are well balanced, with a creamy perlage and a good softness. I, though, I prefer the Brut, more dry and rough, However pleasant.

But things, This reality, It really has a lot to tell. Starting from the location of the cellar, housed in a 16th-century farmhouse built in front of the historic medieval castle of Cold (Today Villa Orlando) and at the beginning of the beautiful valley of the Spar enclosed in the towns of Cold, Cazzago San Martino and Calino. The same places where in 1438, during the war between the Duchy of Milan and the Republic of Venice for control of Brescia and Bergamo, the fighting occurred between the Milanese troops under Niccolò Piccinino and Venetian militias conducted by Antonio Martinengo in Brescia and Erasmo da Narni, called Gattamelata. The property, the Breda (term that indicates a farm of multiple fields are distributed around a farmhouse that derives from the Latin “proedium”, Lombard or “braida”), was acquired in the period immediately following the end of World War II by Giuseppe Biondelli, future Ambassador of Italy and then Consul General in Innsbruck in Austria.

There is much more to be discovered. All you have to do is make you tell him and his bubbles.


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