Bellenda Fratelli Cosmo Prosecco DOC, Veneto, Italy (750ml)
This fragrant, graceful Prosecco is the fruit of a selection of grapes from the finest vineyards in the zone of Cordignano, Sarmede, and Cappella Maggiore in the hills of Treviso. It appears luminous and sparkling, with a delicate bead of fine bubbles and a soft but generous mousse. The bouquet is generous, with emphatic notes of Golden Delicious apple, peach, and wisteria, displaying a wonderful balance between fragrance and refreshing crispness. The palate is fruit-forward and smooth, full-bodied and well-structured; overall, it is a harmonious and elegant wine.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
The Glera grapes are grown in the hills of Cordignano, Sarmede, and Cappella Maggiore in south-southwest facing vineyards, at elevations of 120-240 metres. The vines, largely trained to the Sylvoz system, are planted to an average density of 4,000 per hectare. The harvest, entirely by hand, is carried out in mid- September; the yield averages 90 q/ha. The weather is temperate, with cold winters and warm summers, with good ventilation; day- night temperature differentials are significant, particularly in the summer.