Two Frothy Italians
Has Italy’s sparkling Prosecco wine ever been more popular? Not that we can see. America loves Prosecco and we sampled two that are being carried by Wine Trees USA distributors.
We first uncorked the beautiful Bervini 1955 Spumante Rosé. It should be noted that the brand name is Bervini 1955. This is a non-vintage sparkler, like most are, not a 1955 vintage.
Bervini 1955 offers a second sparkler, the Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry. Please note that “extra dry” is actually sweeter than “brut” in the sparkling wine sweetness scale. This is well balanced and not overly sweet. We enjoyed this with Gruyere fondue.
Millesimato is a very enjoyable Prosecco. The Bergamo family have been making wine since 1955 in the Italian province of Pordenone, which straddles the two DOC Prosecco zones of Prosecco and Friuli Grave. During the decades since, they’ve learned how to deliver flavors that are elegant and authentic. Whereas the rosé had berry notes, the Millesimato has citrus and pear tones. Its crispness and acidity makes this an excellent match with seafood – and of course, fondue. Both Prosecco are priced at $18.99.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wine Done Right
Many winemakers are jumping on the Bourbon barrel bandwagon, but not everyone gets it right. Some of the Bourbon barrel wines are harsh rather than complex. In the grocery store last week I saw a Bourbon barrel aged Chardonnay. That’s a move to exploit a trend with a rather incongruous pairing.
Barrel Road takes the high road. The Bourbon barrel aging lends delectable caramel and vanilla flavors. The alcohol level is 13.2%, and the lower level prevents it from being too “hot.”
The exact blend for Barrel Road isn’t revealed. The grapes come from California’s Central Coast and “interior winegrowing regions,” which might mean the Central Valley. We guess that Zinfandel and Merlot make up a good percentage of the wine.
Whatever the mix, this is one of the most enjoyable Bourbon barrel wines we’ve had. The winemaking isn’t heavy handed. The Bourbon factor adds a nice complexity and toasty richness to the wine. At $16.99 it’s a great value and a bottle that is certain to appeal to most wine lovers. It’s especially rewarding during the cold nights of winter!
Full Disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.