I love the light, airy clouds of bubbles of this Prosecco. Although Prosecco isn't supposed to compete with Champagne on the fineness of its bubbles, because it is made by a different carbonation process, Adami Prosecco gives Champagne a run for the money on the bubbly quotient. That, along with providing all the other fun-loving attributes of Prosecco, makes the Adami an intriguing and rewarding choice.
One of the founding members of the prestigious Amarone Families association who focus on safeguarding the unique winemaking traditions of Valpolicella, Allegrini sets the standard for a new generation of vintners. This opens with sweet tones of Indian spice, ripe fruit and tobacco. The mouthfeel is exceedingly rich, long lasting and intense.
Made from 80% old vine Corvina and Corvina clones (Rizza, Nera and Corvinone), and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Syrah, this dark ruby wine opens with a fine, floral bouquet of plums, fresh cherries, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the notes of pure cherry, plum, smoky chestnut, and black spice are gracefully layered over polished, crisp tannins. Aging in traditional cherry wood ovals further heightens the distinctive cherry-infused notes of Verona's indigenous Corvina grape.
Although relatively simple compared to Valdo and Zenato, Mionettooffers crowd-pleasing notes of fresh lime, ginger, and yellow apple. Its soft finish makes it highly suitable for sipping by itself as an aperitif. However, I also found it matched well with cut fruit and light hors d'oeuvres.
Valdo's premium offering comes from superior vineyards in the Valdobbiadene region of Veneto. It is both more complex, and considerably dryer than the standard Valdo, and is an excellent choice when a more powerful Prosecco is needed at the dinner table.
Prosecco first achieved fame as the major ingredient of the Bellini cocktail, made from Prosecco and fruit juice at the famed Harry’s Bar in Venice (where it was a favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway). Although Valdo Prosecco contains no fruit juice whatsoever, it has a refreshing citrus/orange/peach note that call this famous cocktail to mind. It works great with light appetizers and crudités, or on its own as an aperitif.
Both dryer and more sophisticated than the more fruit-forward Valdo, the Zardetto is a thoroughly delightful Prosecco. Bursting with floral, pear and peach notes, this exuberant wine rolls across the palate with clouds of tangy, refreshing bubbles. It finishes with engagingly brisk acidity. A great choice.