Castello Bonomi, Franciacorta, Saten, 2016


Estate / Producer / Brand: Castello Bonomi

Region: Lombardia, Italia

Appellation: Franciacorta DOCG (Saten)

Type: Sparkling white wine, Traditional Method (Methode Champenoise)

Vintage: 2016

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: 100% Chardonnay

Blend: N/A (Millesimato)

Winemaking details: The chardonnay ferments in steel tanks for about 8 months and another part in small oak barrels. The two wines, after refining, are mixed. In the “tirage” phase a small portion of syrup is added for the second fermentation, this reduces the development of the pressure.

Aging: 30 months before disgorgement

Sugar level: 6 g/Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites


  • Colour = Lemon
  • Intensity = Pale


  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Aromas = peach, floral notes, white flowers, vanilla, brioche, pastry, acacia


  • Sweetness = Dry
  • Acidity = High
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium
  • Body = Medium
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium+
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary
  • Flavour details = peach, floral notes, white flowers, vanilla, brioche, pastry, acacia
  • Other = very well integrated bubbles, less fizzy than other sparkling, creamier mousse
  • Finish = Medium+


  • Overall Quality = Very Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 3-4 years
    • Can keep gaining complexity if aged
  • Retail Price = 29 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = Great value for money
  • Comparison with same price competition = great quality for the price
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 8°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = cheeses, seafood, sushi, or a variety of vegetable-based dishes, pastas and risottos
  • Comments = this wine offers a very good expression of what a Saten Franciacorta should look like. The Medium+ finish and the lack of tertiary aromas (despite long aging) prevents it from having a better grade (but note than in that case, the price should be around 45 euros)
  • Final Grade = B+

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Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale