Prosecco has been exploding recently with double-digit growth over the last few years. Sales of this Italian sparkler is rapidly outpacing other bubblies like cava or the granddaddy, champagne. In fact in 2013, case/bottle sales of this Italian Prosecco surpassed that of French Champagne for the first time in history; it outsold champagne by over 2.5 million cases!
Obviously, we love the ability to trade down the price scale for good value and quality, especially if we are springing for a few bottles or a case. And we admit that our taste buds and wallets are loving the slightly sweeter, creamier Prosecco offerings from brands like La Marca, Mionetto, Zardetto and the new super premium Altaneve Prosecco.
Aiming to elevate the category and change the perception that Prosecco is champagne’s “cheaper cousin,” Altaneve is carefully producing a small quantity, high quality product that they feel is greatly superior to existing Italian sparkling wines which we sampled at an Altaneve Prosecco tasting at the Conservatory Waters in Central Park for a mini-regatta race at the Sailboat Pond to pair their sublime prosecco with Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes.
As we were poured our first glass, we admired the slightly golden hue (it is very young) and lively bubbles. The nose had a softly floral bouquet with hints of soft citrus, very expressive on the palate and evoking sweet stone fruits of peach and pear balanced with layers of vanilla and a crisp, clean finish. The price point is a bit high for a prosecco at nearly $30 for a 750ml but for a quality sparkler, this one is a winner.
Altaneve is a Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. composed of 100% glera grapes and is meant to be enjoyed young as they don’t use preservatives and has a very low sulfite quantity which means much gentler the next day.
Tasting Notes: The crisp character, fine perlage and balanced notes of peach, pear and honeysuckle offer a depth typified by only the finest sparkling wines. Altaneve’s elegant bouquet and slight sweetness are complex yet approachable, exhibiting great versatility.
For a list of where to purchase Altaneve Prosecco visit: http://www.altaneve.com/alta-connect
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