2015 Pojer & Sandro Zero Infinito Spumante
Region: Trentino < Italy
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; volcanic rock/porphyry soils; fermentation in the bottle, capped before it finishes, trapping the natural CO2; bottled un-disgorged with zero added SO2; 500 cases
Winemaker: Fiorentino Sandri + Mario Pojer
In 1975 Pojer e Sandri was started by two buddies, Fiorentino Sandri and Mario Pojer in the alpine region of Trentino. Pojer had just graduated with his enology degree and Sandri’s family owned 2 steep hectares of vineyards, so they joined forces to make wine and distill grappa in Sandri’s mom’s kitchen. Fast-forward 30+ years and the two, with help from Pojer’s daughter Elisa, are making some of the region’s best wines using a mix of modern innovations and old-school simplicity. Like pressing grapes in a vacuum so that sulfites are not necessary, making barrels from the trees that grow on their property, or experimenting with this zero-zero, ‘col fondo’ sparkling wine in the ancestral method, with a brand-new German grape hybrid that is resistant to fungal disease (rendering vineyard treatments unnecessary, almost unheard of in this cold, wet region.) Yes, the Solaris grape is a winemaker’s dream, requiring zero treatments in the vineyards or cellar, hence the name of this delicious bubbly wine. It’s hugely aromatic and floral, literally bursting with elderflower, mountain flowers, ripe apples and peach, yet finishes completely dry. Note: this bottle has tons of sediment: the more daring will shake the bottle and enjoy the yeasty bits throughout, as the Italians do. Trust us, it’s tasteless and just gives the wine a bit of texture.