Saturday, September 28, 2013

Marsuret Prosecco Treviso

Marsuret Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry
Treviso, Veneto, Italy

In honor of the impending government shut down I decided to open something yummy and bubbly and fun (and affordable!) -- so I can enjoy my weekend before the furlough "vacation" begins.

I adore Prosecco. Made from the Gelra grape, these bubbly wines are different in character from Champagne. Rather than going through a secondary fermentation (that's where the bubbles come from) in the bottle, the base still wine is fermented for a second time in a large, closed container where the CO2 produced by the yeast is dissolved into the wine. This technique, known as Charmat, involves is less lees (spent yeast) contact and prevents the wine from taking on the toasty, biscuit notes you would associate with Methode Champenois. Instead, Prosecco is fresh and fruity -- and fantastic.

Review: This wine has a lovely straw color and soft bubbly bubbles. On the nose I found aromas of white flowers, green apples, and lemon zest. On the palate the lemons really shine, with just the tiniest touch of toast. The fruit lingers for a moment, and makes me reach for another sip.

The Marsuret Prosecco is "extra dry" - implying it is a hint sweeter than Brut. In total, it has it has about 15 grams per liter RS! The high acidity and freshness of this wine prevents the sweetness from taking over the flavor profile. Instead, you're left with a fresh and balanced -- and perceived dry -- wine.  

Food Pairing: Wonderful as an aperitif. Great with dessert. A perfect pair to any meal in between. 

Bottom Line: Light and easy. Great flavors. Good value. I dig it.
Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Prosecco DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata)
  • GRAPE: Glera
  • BOOZE: 11.5% 
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: 14 - 16 g/l
  • CELLAR: Drink now
Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced 

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