Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to our old friends at Fritz Underground Winery and retrieve an allocation of their Italian-born Prosecco, a wine that comes from their subsidiary sister winery in Conegliano, Italy.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: IT-TV (Imported by Fritz Underground Winery)
Wine Subject: Loriella Prosecco Spumante TrevisoDOC NV
Winemaker: Franco Canciani
Backgrounder: Prosecco, a native white grape of northeastern Italy originating in the village of the same same, shines as the preferred spumante, its favorite sparking wine and in Venice, at just about every cafe in the late afternoon it is served as the favorite aperitif and obrette for Venetians.
Many Prosecco are slightly sweeter and less fizzy than its cousin Champagne, however, today’s selection is a fully dry Brut. Also, Prosecco is made differently from Champagne with its secondary fermentation taking place in pressurized tanks (a method called Charmat) as opposed to a secondary fermentation in the bottle (methode champenoise).
Look – Light straw yellow in color with a clear core. Energetic columns of fine bubbles rise to the top of the glass, where a thin, continuous mousse persists for a long time.
Smell – Bright, fresh and playful on the nose, this wine leads with bright, sweet mixed citrus of lime, lemon and a hint of pink grapefruit. White peach, nectarine and subtle white flowers mingle with almond skin and white minerals.
Feel – Very soft and very smooth on the attack, the wine glides across the palate, riding on a creamy carpet of fine bubbles. Vibrant acidity and a subtle minerality seem to transport flavors to the far corners of the palate.
Taste – Sweet and very softly tart with lovely fresh lime, lemon and green apple. These are backed by a soft limestone minerality. As the wine warms, even just slightly, additional flavors of almond, orange blossom, acacia and subtle hone appear.
Finish – Fresh, crisp and clean lingering flavors and a limestone minerality that sustain for a long time. Gradually, a soft dryness spreads from the center of the palate, slowly radiating outward.
Conclusion – Today’s Prosecco Spumante TrevisoDOC is a fresh, clean, bright and delicious sparkler with delicious flavors and an easy mouthfeel. The wine has an easy crispness to it. That is to say that it is bright and fresh, without being biting or overly dry. This is an easy-drinking, approachable sparkling wine of great balance. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon in the garden, or enjoyed at your favorite Fall or Wintertime celebrations, at today’s price, this is a wine that we’ll be stocking up on.