Decipher an Italian Prosecco

2013 Cecilia Beretta Brut Prosecco Superiore2013 Cecilia Beretta Brut Prosecco Superiore

D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
Conegliano Valdobbiadene

Ok, so if you don’t know much about Italian wines, let’s dissect this label together.

The producer, Cecilia Beretta, is named at the top of the label.

Often Prosecco wines (and many other types of sparkling wines) are made with juice from more than one vintage. Millesimato means that the year this wine was grown (2013) was a very good year in the region. So good in fact that Cecilia Beretta chose to make a vintage-specific prosecco that contains at least 85% of grapes that year. Italian wine laws require that percentage (or higher) in order to add Millesimato to the label.

Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a grape growing region of Italy that is known for their Prosecco wines. Think of it as being similar to our designated American Viticultural Area wine regions (or AVAs for short.)

Prosecco Superiore indicates that it is a special Prosecco, of higher quality, more superior than usual.

D.O.C.G., which stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, and is used for food products, including wine, made in Italy. There are four levels of classification and D.O.C.G. is the highest, signifying the best quality product. In order for wines to receive the D.O.C.G. labeling, growers and producers must follow strict laws and allow both testing and tasting of the wines they make. We have also been told that only specific elevations qualify for D.O.C.G. status so these wines are often more complex in nature.

Brut means that the wine will be dry, not sweet. What’s confusing is that the opposite of brut is dry or extra dry, which really means the wine will be sweet. We have no idea of its origins…. just remember that it’s like playing the opposite game when you were a kid. Happily, this terminology is only used on sparkling wines.

Now that you understand the label, let’s move onto the wine, shall we?

This wine had wonderful citrus aromas that made our mouths water. As the tiny bubbles popped at the surface, smells of Meyer lemons, orange blossoms, kumquats, lemons and limes all swirled in the air above our glasses. The bubbles were soft and we kept saying that this wine caressed our tongues! Yes, you read that right, it caressed our tongues! The citrus notes carried over into the flavors– lemon being the most dominant one. Dry as a bone, this Prosecco also had a pleasant creaminess on the mid palate and a long finish. It’s not surprising that Cecilia Beretta chose to make a vintage sparkling this year.

Enjoy this wine with just about any food pairing. Our favorites with bubbles are salty potato chips or truffle popcorn!

Click here to read more about how Prosecco is made.

SRP $9.99

This was also published on Winerabble.

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