(RP=92) The NV Franciacorta Cuv_ýe Prestige Brut is packaged in a squat and transparent bottle. This beautiful sparkling wine shows a unique aromatic profile with spicy notes of spearmint and fresh oregano leaf that pop to the top. Beyond those vertical aromas are heavier tones of stone fruit, honeydew melon and blanched almond. This Franciacorta (75% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Nero) offers spicy and vibrant aromatic tones that you don't find in its peers. (AG=91) Bright salmon-pink. Apricot, herbs and woodsy spices on the complex, deep nose. Then bright and fresh, with a strong floral overlay and outstanding inner- mouth perfume to the red berry and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes long and spicy, but also picks up a surprising chewy bite. One of the best Prestige Cuv_ýe Ros_ýs from Ca__þ del Bosco in memory. In recent years, Ca__þ del Bosco has greatly improved its Prestige Cuv_ýe wines (the non-Ros_ý as well); what used to be mostly sweet (heavily dosaged) and simple, is now drier, deeper and much more complex. Disgorged Spring 2016. (WS=90) Though rich and creamy, this wine is focused by finely cut acidity, resulting in a lithe version overall. The smoky mineral undertow mixes with flavors of poached apple, toasted brioche, lemon curd and vanilla, followed by a lasting finish. Drink now through 2018.