Zardetto Prosecco Rosé NV ~ Veneto, Italy
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The New York Times "In 1984, Fabio Zardetto, chief winemaker at his family-run vineyard in northern Italy, leapt at the chance to become one of the first bottlers to export prosecco, the sparkling wine, to the United States. Sales of Zardetto prosecco grew to 100,000 cases in the United States in 2007, from 50 cases in 1984."
The New York Times "With its fresh flavor, pleasing bubbles and gentle price tag ...prosecco has gained many fans worldwide. Global sales have been growing by double-digit percentages for 10 years, to more than 150 million bottles last year. And with consumers in an economizing mood this holiday season, prosecco is an increasingly popular alternative to Champagne, which has been soaring in price."
The Winemaker - "This Rosé sparkler opens with a pretty pink color and intense aromas of mature berry, raspberry candy and zesty grapefruit. A sweet but oddly spicy note characterizes the finish."
The Winemaker "With four decades of Prosecco experience, we have produced this exceptional sparkling wine. The sparkling rosé is made with 100% Raboso Veronese, chosen for its impressive structure and lively acidity, making it very food friendly"
Zardetto winemakers first lead by the forefather of the estate, Bepi Zardetto have been making award winning wines for close to one hundred years, and prosecco since the 1950s. The terrior of the Veneto region is famed for Prosecco production.
The Zardetto vineyard is located in a complex hill system shaped by ancient glaciers, not far from the left bank of the river Piave, equidistant from the Dolomites. This provides protection which keeps its climate gentle and temperate. It is within this landscape between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene that the vineyard is located, contributing to the regions' fame as Italy's acclaimed exclusive region for Prosecco production.
Prosecco is a pale and light grape indigenous to northern Italy that makes one of the countries most popular sparkling wines. Most Prosecco is made in an extra extra dry, or off dry, style offering fruity aromas of confected pears and peaches. A small percentage are made in a dry Brut style offering bracing green apple and citrus fruit. Since the 2009 vintage the Prosecco zone in the Veneto region was elevated from DOC to DOCG status, joining the ranks with the likes of Barolo, Chianti and Brunello Di Montalcino. At the same time the grape was renamed from Prosecco to Glera. Now anything made outside of the region must be labeled Sparkling Glera, offering extra protection for the zone's 5,000 or so small producers.