Maybe you enjoy high-quality, fully sparkling wines such as Champagne. Maybe you also enjoy top-notch rose wines, such as those made from the noble Pinot Noir grape. If so, you’d probably love a high-quality, fully sparkling, Pinot Noir-based rose made in the “classical” (or Champenoise) method — such as Cuvee Aurora from Banfi Piemonte.
From the celebrated DOCG Alta Langa region in Piedmont, Italy, Cuvee Aurora is made exactly as wines are made in Champagne — from Pinot Noir, aged in oak, fermented in the bottle, and hand-riddled prior to disgorgement. The result is a round, silky, bubbly, delicious wine with significant complexity and perfect for toasting as well as pairing throughout a meal. But don’t take it from us, we’re biased. Below are the reviews for the two most recent vintages of Cuvee Aurora by James Suckling, one of the most respected wine critics in the world.
Cuvee Aurora Rose Brut Alta Langa DOCG 2014
Full yet delicate red berries and nectarines make this medium-bodied and polished rosé Spumante very attractive. Lovely harmony at the clean, dry finish. Drink now.
Cuvee Aurora Rose Brut Alta Langa DOCG 2013
Tons of candied and fresh-citrus aromas on the nose and the full, juicy palate. However, there’s no hint of anything superficial here and the finish is long and elegant. Drink now.
Also rated highly by James Suckling is another wine from the same region of Piedmont, but in the town of Gavi — Principessa Gavia Gavi. If you’re a fan of Pinot Grigio, you’ll want to try Gavi, as it shares similar characteristics of fresh citrus fruits and minerals, but offers a bit more substance, richness, and ripeness. Here is Suckling’s review:
Principessa Gavia Gavi 2017
Green apples, praline, nutmeg and spices. There’s a real salinity on the palate, which works well with the fleshy stone fruit. Medium body, tangy acidity and a textured finish. Drink now.
Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for over 20 years. He launched one of the first wine blogs back in 1997, the now-defunct “Wine Dictator,” and cut his teeth on his grandfather’s homemade wine. He still keeps a copy of Wine for Dummies nearby for reference.