The Ombra is the Brut of the house, mainly based on Chardonnay, with a minority of Pinot Noir. It rests for 30 moons on the yeasts and its bubble is extremely fine and silky, retaining a predominant and persistent fresh and citrus note on the sip.
Nicola Gatta does not indicate the months of stay on the yeasts, as usual, but the “moons”: in this too he stands out from the others, following the concept of the lunar cycle of reference for biodynamics of about 29 days.
“Ombra is the emblem of my will to make a wine that has characteristics of roundness, but at the same time of acidity, flavor and minerality. You will feel a freshness and flavor in your mouth that are unusual for a Franciacorta which are usually more tending to bread crust and evolution. ” Nicola Gatta
Franciacorta is a hilly area located between Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo, in Lombardy. It is one of the Italian areas with the highest production of classic method wine.
On the hills of Franciacorta the vine has been planted since the most remote times. Proof of this are the finds of seeds from prehistoric times and archaeological material found throughout the area as well as the various testimonies of classical authors, from Pliny to Columella to Virgil.
The renewed birth of enology in Franciacorta dates back to the late 1950s, when there was a new confidence in the potential of the territory to produce base wines suitable for sparkling wine. In 1967 came the recognition of the Franciacorta appellation, wanted by a small group of producers. Pinot di Franciacorta DOC was obtained from Pinot Bianco grapes with the possibility of adding Pinot Grigio and Pinot Nero, with natural refermentation in the bottle or in the tank. In the 1970s, which saw the phase of the great renewal of Italian enology, Franciacorta had already built its solid foundations to launch itself into the production of quality products.
The name “Franciacorta” has uncertain origins: the first time Franzacurta appears in a code dating back to 1277 which contains the municipal statutes of Brescia. The most accredited version traces the name Franciacorta back to the Frankish origin of the main courts located in the morainic arch, while other scholars derive the name from the stop in the current Franciacorta area of a camp of Charlemagne with the Franks, before attacking the city of Brescia. A distant legend, in fact, tells that Charlemagne, conquered Lombard Brescia in 774, set up camp in Rodengo Saiano. When the time came to celebrate the feast of St. Dionysius, which he had sworn to celebrate in Paris, he resolved the question by decreeing that this land was like a “little France”, and ordered that the whole area be called this way.
The most recurrent and historically plausible thesis alludes to the “Frankish Courts”, that is, to the fact that the main centers of the morainic arch were originally early medieval courts, which with the arrival of the Cluniac monks enjoyed franchises (curtes francae).