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JUNE 2011

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It took seven years to complete the immense new Ca’ del Bosco cellar. The House in the Woods THE TASTING PANEL VISITS MAURIZIO ZANELLA AT CA’ DEL BOSCO by Anthony Dias Blue I n 1964 Annamaria Clementi Zanella bought a small house on a wooded property located in Erbusco, about an hour east of Milan. The property was called Ca’del Bosc, “the house in the woods.” Three years later her son, Maurizio, planted a vineyard there. Today Ca’del Bosco farms 375 acres of vines in Franciacorta, an appellation which was granted a D.O.C. in 1967. Its first wines, made in the mid-‘70s, were a generic white and a red, but in 1976 the winery began producing spumante wines. Two years later, when they were released, the world was surprised to discover that fine, classically-styled sparkling wines could be made in Lombardy. 96 / the tasting panel / june 201 1

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