Prosecco, the white sparkling wine of choice for so many young Italians and, an increasing number of Europeans is a mystery to me. Personally I don’t see the appeal of Prosecco. Even at the top end I simply can’t get into it. Everyone around me is ordering Prosecco, meats and cheeses and enjoying the Roman sun and all my palate can say is “what the hell are you doing to me?”. This comes from someone who hates Champagne so please on this occasion, don’t let me put you off. I’ve had more requests to profile Prosecco than any other wine. My company sells more Prosecco than Barolo and I have some extensive tasting notes to share later.
I suppose I’ve had too much exposure to the very worst of Prosecco and writing about it now makes me physically wince. It’s a clawing cheesy wine! Prosecco got another chintzy shot in the arm last year when Paris Hilton became the face of “Rich” Prosecco. Click here if you want to know more.
Give Prosecco its dues. At least it’s a dry sparkling wine and at least it wont break the bank. My partner loves the stuff and picks it up at the local Carrefour for 87 cents. To me, it has the same appeal as two aspirins dancing in tap water but at this price, at least she is a cheap date.
Lets quickly explain, for those who don’t know, what Prosecco is. Made from white grapes in the Veneto area (near Venice) of Italy, Prosecco is a fizzy dry D.O.C wine. Stupidly high crop yields are responsible for the dirge of awful Prosecco on the market but we will focus on the best of the varietal. Every year 30,000,000 bottles are produced so you shouldn’t have trouble getting your hands on one!
So, who are the Kings of Prosecco? If you really must drink the stuff, who does it well? The best producers of Prosecco in my mind is Bisol & Frozza. Both these producers are consistently good even scoring 90 points with a Prosecco (an achievement indeed). Part of Prosecco’s appeal is the price but you can get these superior wines, that are the best of the varietal, for around €20. I can’t think of another wine varietal where the “best in show” goes for €20?
So without further ado, let’s look at my past tasting notes for Prosecco.
Aneri Prosecco 2005 – BUY – €6
Light golden straw colour with green hues and a pale intensity. Enjoyable apple-esque nose, fruity with lemon peel and menthol. On the palate is exceptionally smooth with good acidity and a refreshing finish. Lacks tartness. 87 Points
Bisol Prosecco 2006 – BUY – €20
Perfect balance and extraordinarily light a real finesse Prosecco with a slight Chardonnay feel. Pineapple, creamy orange peel and honey in a mid weight sparkling wine. Happily impressed. 90 Points
Frozza Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Col dell’Orso 2006 – BUY – €8
Sensational palate for a Prosecco giving loads of citrus fruits and honey. It’s got a spicy kick to it too. Great acidity, a real palate cleanser makes a perfect choice for spicy meat platters and bland cheeses. Excellent value for money. 89 Points
Where can I buy this wine?
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Question of the Day
Prosecco is a great wine to take with food, what food matches do you enjoy with Prosecco or any sparkling whites?