Prosecco

Hailing from the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, Prosecco is a DOCG sparkling wine that offers clean fruit aromas of apple, lemon and nectarine. Despite common belief, the grape in Prosecco’s production is not named Prosecco, but is actually known as Glera. Instead of undergoing its secondary fermentation in bottle like Champagne, Prosecco is made using the Charmat method—a production technique in which the secondary fermentation takes place in a large tank. Using this bulk secondary fermentation method not only keeps production costs down, but it also creates a fresher, simpler wine—often forgoing the brioche and biscuit aromas so common with Champagne. Prosecco’s versatility not only allows it to be enjoyed as an aperitif or a mid-meal palate cleanser, but it’s often used in cocktails such as the Bellini. And although the majority of Proseccos are meant to be consumed young, there are a handful of Proseccos that can withstand cellaring. Make sure to find the Proseccos worth aging in the Prosecco Buying Guide.

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Ruggeri & C. 2007 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)

  1. $36

Giustino B is a top-notch Prosecco with deep complexity that is rare to find in this category of sparkling wine. The wine is floral and delicate with pretty notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, acacia flower and a touch of wild sage. It’s feminine and delicate on the nose and palate.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
91
points

Col Vetoraz Spumanti NV Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)

  1. $38

This luminous sparkler has a sweet, fruit-forward nose of cool white peach, sliced banana and cherry blossoms. There’s a very slight note of green grass and more distinguishable mineral tones that add depth and personality. In the mouth it has a creamy, soft texture and vibrant fruit flavors.

 — M.L.  (8/1/2008)
91
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Bortolomiol 2005 Cartizze Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)

  1. $33

Seductively feminine and floral, laced with jasmine and field flowers, with notes of banana nut bread, almond and refined mineral tones. Creamy, fluffy and filling in the mouth, with fruit flavors and a crisp close. Imported by Bolliger Wines.

 — M.L.  (6/1/2006)
90
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Bisol NV Crede Brut Prosecco (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $24

Crede is among our favorite Proseccos year after year and the reason we love it so much is because of its sharp mineral focus and generous aromas of peach, honey and citrus. The wine offers balance and harmony with a floral flair and a bright, crisp close. The blend sees 15% Pinot Bianco and Verdiso.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
90
points

Adami NV Cartizze Dry Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)

  1. $32

Franco Adami makes some of the best Prosecco around and this special selection from the Cartizze cru showcases his deft winemaking hand. The sparkler is soft and supple in the mouth yet shows lively buoyancy thanks to the delicate nature of its peachy cream flavors.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
90
points

Sorelle Bronca NV Particella 68 Extra Dry Prosecco (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene)

  1. $24

Wild flowers, stone fruit and citrus mark the nose of this very characteristic Prosecco bubbly. Pretty mineral notes fill in the background and the wine manages to be drying in the mouth and slightly sweet at the same time. This sparkler shows a deft hand when it comes to elegance and balance.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
90
points

Bortolomiol 2008 Cartizze Dry Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)

  1. $30

Sweet floral notes open the way for soft flavors of peach, apricot cream and honey. This Prosecco sparkler offers foamy, creamy peach flavors backed by well-balanced levels of sweetness and acidity and impressive complexity. This is one of the best Proseccos on the market today.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
90
points

Bisol 2007 Cartizze Prosecco (Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze)

  1. $48

Bisol (one of Prosecco’s most important wineries) has crafted a beautiful 2007 sparkler from the precious Cartizze cru that delivers a long succession of delicate mineral, peach, citrus and honey aromas. The wine feels soft and soothing in the mouth but ends with lively acidity. The only drawback is its high price.

 — M.L.  (7/1/2009)
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