Wine Enthusiast: 93 pts
Bread crust, mature orchard fruit, Spanish broom and acacia honey aromas follow over to the elegant mature palate along with creamy yellow apple, lemon zest and toasted almond. It boasts the complexity of an aged sparkler while youthfully fresh acidity lends energy and freshness. A soft mousse lends finesse.
Wine Advocate: 93 pts
Antica Fratta has produced a uniquely beautiful sparkling wine from Northern Italy. The 2007 Franciacorta Quintessence Extra Brut Riserva is stylized and sophisticated with forthcoming aromas of peach, baked bread, croissant and preserved lemon. The perlage is focused and tight, and the wine ends with a generous blast of honey-like intensity. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Nero, it delivers full intensity. Sur lies aging has been extended to five years. The first vintage of this Riserva was 2005.