Prosecco continues to increase in popularity, the refreshing bubbles, pear-like fruit and very fruity style of sparkling wine makes it very attractive to enjoy on any occasion.   However, often Prosecco DOC can lack some freshness or fruit, so upgrading to a Prosecco DOCG can often give you much more expression without having to spend a lot more money.  

The more premium Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG represents less than 50% of the total Prosecco production.  Within this denomination, the highest quality of Prosecco comes from the Cartizze hill where wine are assigned the name Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG.  Here steep-sloped heritage vineyard sites are worked by hand (as in the steep slopes of the Mosel in Germany) and Glera grapes benefit from cooler nights, full ripeness and mineral rich soils that give the wines more purity and concentration that is difficult to achieve in other locations. 

Wines from the Cartizze hill DOCG area are not that more expensive that DOC Prosecco, yet they offer a lot more value for money.  There are quite a few Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG wines available in the market in Norway – look for the names on the label.

Villa Sandi Superiore di Cartizze Dry Prosecco DOCG

Veneto, Italy
VMP: 12177701  Basisutvalget kat. 4
Price: 189,40
100% Glera
11%  RS: 26.8 g/l

Medium lemon colour, aromas of citrus fruit, ripe red and green pear, green apple.  On the palate, crisp acidity, fresh fruity style with good concentration and moderately long finish.  Very well balanced with hints of fennel on the finish.

Note: Cartizze is often made in a dry style which means it has a lot more sweetness than say a Brut Prosecco, however given the concentration, fruity ripeness and added structure from this unique area, this extra sweetness works extremely well. 

Score: 89 points

Food pairing: Great as an aperitif, however works also well with paella or vegetable-based risottos as well as chicken dishes.  

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