Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **+ $$ Col del Sole Prosecco di Valdobbiadene VSQPRD DOC Extra Dry, Italy, NV

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Prosecco is a dry white sparkling wine, typically hailing from the Italian hills north of Treviso.  Often drier and cleaner in character than Champagne, it also tends to sell at comparatively lower prices.  Prosecco is also known as a key component in the Bellini cocktail. 


Original tasting and review : This is Col del Sole Prosecco di Valdobbiadene VSQPRD DOC Extra Dry, Italy, NV, finished at 11.% alcohol.

In the glass: Buoyant white big bubbles in a clear, vanilla-tinged base.  The bubbles fade rapidly.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows light lemon, slightly sweet.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and high-pitched.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact softer on the mid-palate with a clear lemon bite. A touch of charcoal too. Finish is crisp and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for cleanliness and liveliness.

As a Bellini, recipe of 2/3 Prosecco with 1/3 Trader Joe's Dixie Peach juice:  Pretty muddled yellow-orange color.  Peach aroma predominates.  Lightly sweet on the palate, with a nice, light charcoal overtone behind the fruit. 


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