Sorelle Bronca "Particella 68" Prosecco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The non-vintage Prosecco del Valdobiaddene Particella 68 comes from a hillside vineyard planted with 40-60-year-old Glera vines in rocky soils. It reveals more minerality along with honeyed grapefruit and apple-like fruit. Crisp and light-bodied with more intensity and flavor than its sibling, it is a dry sparkler to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw-green. Sexy, clean aromas of floral white peach, apricot and tangerine. On the palate, soft citrus and pineapple flavors are enlivened by vibrant acidity and nicely extended on the creamy, luscious back end.
This beautiful Prosecco offers just a touch of perfectly ripe summer fruit against a lively background of crushed stone, lemon zest and white almond. The finish is dry, clean and superfresh.
The Bronca sisters grow their own fruit in steep hillside vineyards, then make base wine and perform the secondary (sparkling) fermentation on non-vintage batches three or four times a year, to ensure freshness. Low yields and hillside-grown fruit ensures that the wine has good concentration and acidity, this last necessary to balance the traditional Extra-Dry level of sweetness. (Extra-Dry is slightly less dry than Brut, confusingly. Both terms are used to describe the amount of sweetness in sparkling wines. The Prosecco drunk in Italy is always Extra-Dry; the pear notes only emerge when the wine is not bone-dry, which is why Brut isn't as good and is mostly exported.) Try this Prosecco with some olives and a slice of salami while deciding what to make for dinner, but it would also be good with a light lunch. Pretend you're in Venice, looking out over the canals.