Operative: Agent Sparkle
Objective: Secure an exclusive Italian sparkler for our operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Alberto Quacquarini
Wine Subject: Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Dolce DOCG
Produced in the Marche province of Macerata,Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Dolce DOCG is primarily made from Vernaccia Nero grapes and sometimes has some Sangiovese and Ciliegiolo added. These rare and unique red sparkling wines can be made in form drysecco or semisweet to sweet dolce as is the case with this wine. These wines undergo three fermentations that result in its spumante
Look – Dark ruby red with some garnet is graced with brighter ruby streaks that glisten though this wine’s clear and effervescent core when held to the light. Moderately persistent ruby tinged mouse when initially poured that descends to a slow stream of steady very small bubbles. Ruby along the edges and when swirled, slow medium legs hand on the side of the glass.
Smell – Fresh, bright and youthful on the nose with aromas of red fruit including cherry and raspberry blend with subtle dried and fresh green herbal and soft earthy notes along with floral violets, powdery minerals and toasted vanilla notes as well.
Feel – This demi-to-sweet (closer to demi) wine has exceptionally crisp minerality that balances over residual sugar and finely textured tannins. Fresh acidity blends with this wines effervescence to a vibrant and fresh feel. Medium-to-full bodied, clean and crisp with its spumante and delicate sweetness lingering on into the finish.
Taste – Sweet, fresh and tart flavors of fresh red fruit including red Italian cherry, raspberry and red plum meld with this wine’s soft earthy and herbal undertones. Slate minerality and the floral violet notes found on the nose also linger on the back of the palate along with some exotic spice adding complexity to this unique wine.
Finish – In spite of is dolce residual sugar, this wine remains crisp and clean with a lingering minerality that supports its fresh red fruit flavors as the soft earthy, herbal, spice and minerality persist and invite another sip.
Conclusion – The very rare and unique Quacquarini Vernaccia di Serrapetrona Dolce DOCG is a clean, bright and very fresh with red demi to full sweet dessert spumante wine. Fresh red fruit, soft earth, floral violets, subtle green herbs and fantastic minerality on the nose and palate and into the finish. This is a great wine to serve at the conclusion of any great meal as you linger with good friends_. Enjoy this wine right now as there is no reason to cellar this lovely fresh sparkler.
The location of the Macerata in Italy can be seen in this satellite photo.