For me among the 10 best Italian classic method
There will be a reason why a Classic Method almost unknown to most has been awarded 11 times with the "Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso", 12 times "5 Sfere Sparkle", 8 times "5 Grappoli Bidenda", 2 times "Grande Vino Slow Wine" .
Trento Doc Methius is produced only in the Riserva type, to underline the excellent quality of this product and its uniqueness. Born in 1986 by the will of the two founders, friends oenologists Carlo Dorigati and Enrico Paternoster, in this classic method lies the passion and attention to detail; the production is done entirely by hand and is treated in every detail with a completely familiar philosophy. The annual bottles produced are from 12,000 to 15,000 depending on the year.
The vineyards, made up of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, are located in the hills of Faedo and Pressano at 350-500 m above sea level.
The aging cellar, located in Mezzocorona (Trentino), dates back to the early 1900s, is completely underground and built with "barrel vaults" almost all in squared stone. Here the bottles of Methius stand for 60 months, at an almost constant temperature and humidity all year round.
At my last taste of the 2012 vintage, last week, I judged it as follows: Straw yellow color with bright and brilliant golden reflections, fine, subtle and continuous perlage (persistent, as befits the AIS terminology). The nose is very interesting, intense, mineral complex with a precise and fresh citrus vein, a great and clean intensity with extraordinary and balanced pleasure. Never aggressive, the Methiues has a pleasantly balanced acidity that definitely invites you to "DRINK".
It goes beautifully with fish appetizers, but limiting it would be really reductive as it is excellent throughout the meal.
So for me it must be a great classic method.
Professional Sommelier Claudio Stella