Wine Last Sold on: July 27, 2012
Prosecco Spumante Treviso DOC
|Region:||Italy: Friuli Venezia Giulia|
|Total Allocation:||TOP SECRET|
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The Winery Says:
About This Wine:
This refreshing sparkling wine shows hints of citrus and almonds. It is perfect on its own, as an aperitif, or blended with nectar or juice for various sparkling cocktails.
About The Importer of today’s wine:
Pretend that you are far away in the Northern California wine country tucked away in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. High upon a hill nestled into the side of a hill is our subterranean winery. Jay and Barbara Fritz purchased this pristine property in 1970. After spending get away weekends from San Francisco at this rich Sonoma property for many years, the Fritz family decided to build a winery in 1979.
Today our credo is to approach winemaking as an art form. Art, in its truest sense, inspires a shift in consciousness. Our mission is to create wines of genuine artistry, capable of transforming the way we think about the potential of Sonoma County’s premier appellations.
The new generation of Fritz wines began with a commitment to unequivocal quality. Since 1996, changes at Fritz Winery have been swift and dramatic: Volume has been slashed by two-thirds to only 12,000 cases per vintage. New winemaking equipment is both esoteric and state-of-the-art. An underground cave ages all red wines. The vast majority of wines are vinified on native yeast. All white wines are currently single-vineyard designates, with red wines now in barrel soon to follow suit.
The result? Cognoscenti now rank Fritz wines among California’s top tier producers. Our limited edition wines now command a following among serious collectors. One hundred per cent of Fritz wines are sold on allocation. And the best is yet to come.
Keep in mind that our vineyards are our greatest asset. Like the most celebrated wines of France, our limited edition single-vineyard wines showcase the singular expression of each superb viticultural site.
From the perfect microclimate of the Dry Creek Valley, we produce Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since we have the best of both worlds, we also have property in the very cool growing region of the Russian River Valley where we produce world class single vineyard Chardonnays.
Varietals: Prosecco Spumante
Region: Treviso DOC
Type: Extra Dry
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Mission Codename: Sorella
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 Treviso DOC 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).
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
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 Treviso DOC 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.