After enjoying the 2011 vintage during last spring, I was enthusiastic to pop open Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco 2012. Secco Italian Bubbles is the brainchild of renowned pioneer winemaker Charles Smith and the Casa sisters of Italy. In 2010 the laws overseeing Prosecco production in Italy changed, allowing for greater winemaker freedom. Looking to “champion both the noble varieties and the growers of Chardonnay”, the Casa sisters created a new category of sparkling wine that is “grower-driven, vintage-dated”. The grapes for the 2012 vintage were sourced from vineyards located in the northern Piave Valley of Veneto. I was rather intrigued to see the differences between the two vintages.
Pale yellow with greenish tints with aromas of golden apples and minerals. Apple, melon and fresh baked bread and honey notes comprised the fizzy body, whilst minerals and hints of lemon zest invigorated the crisp finish. Cheerful and friendly, this is a fun, versatile bubbly great on its own or with light dishes.
77% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave
Produced & Bottled by Viticoltori Ponte SRL
Enjoy now thru 2014