Tasting Notes: The Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Alma Cuvee is the quintessence of Franciacorta sparkling wine. Made predominantly from Chardonnay with a small amount of Pinot Nero and an even smaller proportion of Pinot Bianco. It is an assemblage of many vintage selections with a few reserve wines from previous harvests, an essential treasure that perpetuates the winery’s style through time. Also important are the fermentation and elevage of part of these wines in small white oak barrels, which impart depth and complexity. The wine is a straw yellow color with greenish highlights and a fine, continuous bead. Ample and enveloping, the aromas range from ripe fruit to fresh flowers, all the way to vanilla and a creamy richness. In the mouth, it is mineral, fresh and vibrant, with aromatic notes of green apple to pear and a long, harmonious finish.