Summer is on the way – so it’s time to put away our hearty reds and reach for something lighter. What a perfect time to try three new Proseccos that are making their way to our shores. A popular Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco deserves serious (or seriously frivolous) attention for its fine bubbles, fruit forward character, and inexpensive price point compared to Champagne.
Let’s give these three a try.
NV Ca’ di Prata Prosecco Brut DOC – This Prosecco is pale straw in color, with ample, fine bubbles. On the nose, it is pretty closed off, offering light lemon notes and a touch of yeast. The palate is a bit more open, but still reserved with lemon and green apple notes. The wine has medium acidity and is fairly dry, which I enjoyed more than the sweetness that we often find in Proseccos that reach the United States. This isn’t a complex wine, but it is enjoyable and will pair nicely with lighter fare. B / $16
2019 Ca’ di Prata Prosecco Rosé Extra Dry Millesimato DOC – Although sparkling rosé has been produced in the Prosecco region of Italy for a long time, it is only since November 2020 that it was granted Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status. This DOC rosé is 85% Glera and 15% Pinot Noir (called Pinot Nero in Italy) and pours a very pale pink color. On the nose and palate this wine fairly bursts with lovely strawberry coupled with a touch of floral character. It has medium acidity, a touch of sweetness, and a steady stream of tiny bubbles. The finish is surprisingly long and quite nice as the strawberry notes slowly dissipate. Although it is a bit one dimensional (did I mention the strawberries?), it’s very good, and at this price point, a sure winner. B+ / $17
NV Ca’ di Prata Valdobbiadene Extra Dry DOCG – This slightly higher-end Prosecco is straw-colored in the glass, this Prosecco offers a steady stream of extra fine bubbles. On the nose, it is quite restrained, offering light lemon, melon, and a touch of sweetness. The palate follows with lemon, melon, and sweetness balanced by some minerality and a bracing acidity. The elements are in balance, and the price point makes this an excellent buy, but speaking just for myself, this Prosecco just did not excite me as much as the simpler and simply more enjoyable rosé. B / $18