True confession. I have always thought of Prosecco as the Champipple of sparkling wine. A cheaper version of bubbles, great for mass crowds and Mimosas. As you’d expect with this type of thinking, I don’t have a huge frame of reference for Prosecco. Enter this Albino Armani Prosecco and my mind has been forever changed. In fact, I think it has started “Prosecco season” on my wine journey.
If you follow my posts, you’ve seen I’ve posted about several of the Albino Armani wines recently. It has been a true joy to get to know these wines after attending a Zoom meeting with the Armani family.* I believe they represent the modern Old World, relying on centuries of knowledge and tradition, while integrating state of the art wine growing and production knowledge to create the best wines that they can.
This Prosecco is beautiful. It is just that simple. So let’s get right to it.
Albino Armani|Conegliano Valdobbiadene|Prosecco DOCG|Extra Dry|11% ABV|$19.99
Prosecco is made with the Glera grape, and the vineyards are located between Venice and the Dolomites. The vines for this wine grow on green mountainside slopes, nestled in the woods. The soil is loose stone and it comes shining through in the mineral notes that this wine offered up on both the nose and the palate.
Produced via the charmat method, the wine undergoes a second fermentation in a large, closed pressure tank – trapping the bubbles in the wine. The perlage on this wine was beautifully elegant, making another sip almost compulsory. Good thing it is only 11% ABV.
In addition to the mineral notes, there were aromas of peach and pear, and an herbal note which might be the thing that really knocked my socks off. All of this carried over to the palate where I also got a subtle almond paste note. The mouthfeel of this Processco is somehow both clean and refreshing, while still being medium bodied (perhaps due to the extra dry style), with a lingering finish.
I enjoyed this wine with cheese, olives and bread, all of which were fantastic accompaniments, but I noticed that the Armanis recommend, pairing it with white asparagus, mushrooms and wild herbs — I am definitely going to try that!
*This wine was received at no cost to me from the Albino Armani winery. My opinions are my own.