Let them all talk: first reviews for Caseo bubbles by James Suckling

Internationally acclaimed wine critic and journalist, James Suckling reviewed our new sparklings of Tenuta di Caseo from Oltrepo’ Pavese.
Very nice scores for our first sparkling experience, that comes from high elevations and as ideas, takes flight!

470 Caseo Pinot Nero Metodo Classico  91 points
Clean lemon-cream and fresh apple on the nose and palate with a fresh, lively froth and some sour cream to finish. Salty aftertaste. Enjoy now.

530 Caseo Pinot Nero Rosé Metodo Classico 91 points
A light-colored pinot rosé sparkling with pleasantly perfumed notes of lightly candied cherries and rose petals on the nose. Some biscuit, too. Compact and intense flavors on the palate with fine bubbles. Nicely dry finish. Drink now.

We’ve elevated to a method

The Tommasi family’s passion for excellence lies behind the “Metodo Classico” sparkling wines from Tenuta di Caseo: an indissoluble mix of knowledge of the terroir of the Oltrepò Pavese, care and dedication, for a Champenoise method quite unlike any other.


#thefirstbubble: Tommasi’s Caseo new sparkling wines

Tommasi introduces its new “Metodo Classico” line from Tenuta di Caseo
Three new sparkling wines from the Oltrepò Pavese enrich the range of a family company which, for 120 years, has been one of the most representative producers in the Valpolicella Classica and Lugana areas: #thefirstbubble is Tommasi’s new winemaking challenge.

A gaze into the future, a spirit of initiative, new ideas based on the family’s experience and knowledge; respect for tradition and the savoir faire that has been handed down through four generations: this combination between the modern and the ancient is what lies behind the first release of Metodo Classico wines from the Tommasi family.

After 120 years producing fine red wines like Amarone and the white Lugana from Lake Garda, Tommasi is now presenting #thefirstbubble from Tenuta di Caseo, or rather, the first bubblies: the new sparkling wines, from the Oltrepò Pavese, one of the most prestigious regions for Metodo Classico - Champenoise method, which these wines evoke in their names. Their labels in fact say 530 Pinot Nero Rosé, 470 Pinot Nero and 410 Chardonnay, and they are three expressions of Metodo Classico Brut, which come from the 90 hectares of vineyards with some of the highest altitudes in the Oltrepò Pavese, lying in fact on hills at 410, 470 and 530 meters above sea level at Tenuta di Caseo in the commune of Colli Verdi, in the Alta Versa Valley Lomabrdy, which was purchased by the Tommasi family in 2013.

“Our family loves challenges – comments Pierangelo Tommasi, Executive Director – and our new Metodo Classico – Champenoise method, fully represents the spirit with which Tommasi faces the present in order to create the future. We are known and appreciated all over the world for our red wines such as Amarone, which is the flagship of our company, and for our Lugana from Lake Garda, but we have always wanted to play a proactive role in the world of wine and identify its trends. In the past we have chosen to widen our horizons to other areas like Tuscany, Basilicata, and Puglia, as well as the splendid estate of Tenuta di Caseo, in Lombardy, from which these new sparkling wines come. The Metodo Classico wines from Tenuta di Caseo represent, therefore, a new milestone in the long winemaking experience of our company, and we hope they will be enjoyed by a public that is as wide-ranging and curious as possible, because these wines have a young, versatile spirit and we have produced them to create a whole host of unique drinking experiences, from an aperitif to a refined gourmet meal”.

530 Pinot Nero Rosé Metodo Classico Brut, from the 2017 vintage and matured 36 months on its lees, comes from the highest vineyards of Tenuta di Caseo, and is made exclusively from Pinot Nero grapes. It is a characterful wine, which displays refined and attractive aromas of red fruits and wild roses. It is fresh on the palate with an appealing vein of acidity that makes it perfect for a romantic summer dinner.

470 Pinot Nero Metodo Classico Brut is made from 100% Pinot Nero grapes. It is a dry and intriguing wine from the 2017 vintage, which matured for 36 months on its lees. 470 Pinot Nero displays a dense perlage of tiny, fine and persistent bubbles, as well as a fragrance that is as fresh as a morning breeze in June. Ideal as an aperitif, or with lunch or dinner, it goes exceptionally well with risottos, fried foods, and grilled fish or white meats.

410 Chardonnay Metodo Classico Brut is produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes; it is a 2017 vintage wine that has spent 36 months on its lees. It is an elegant sparkling wine, with tiny, persistent bubbles. Perfect for an aperitif with friends or with a fish dinner: the ideal wine for accompanying the delightful evenings of summer.

Three sparkling wines that are expressions of one of the finest wine-producing zones in Italy: the Oltrepò Pavese is in fact the third most important region in Europe for the production of Pinot Nero/Noir, and also one of the most significant for Metodo Classico wines. The soils of the vineyards at Tenuta di Caseo are composed primarily of clay, with seams of active limestone that contribute towards guaranteeing a marked minerality in the wines. It is this terroir which, together with meticulous work in both the vineyards and winery, also gives these wines notable potential for aging.

The production of 530 Pinot Nero Rosé, 470 Pinot Nero and 410 Chardonnay is limited: around 6-8,.000 bottles of each type.