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The Wines of Villa Sandi, Italy

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These tasting notes accompany our in-depth profile of Villa Sandi.

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the Proseccos

Cartizze Villa Sandi, Prosecco DOC, Italy
From the flat area outside of the Valdobbiadene-Conigliano DOCG area. Soft and pear-droppy aromas, with a lemon sherbet freshness and touch of leafy herbs that's very attractive. Gentle mousse, abundantly fresh with tangy lemon flavours and more of that fresh pear. Good acidity. 14g/l. 86/100.

Villa Sandi, Prosecco Frizzante DOC, Italy
Bottled under screwcap at a lower pressure, and with only 10% alcohol by volume, this delicately effervescent wine has a similar pear-fruited aroma and pleasant sherbetty fizz in the mouth. Again, super-fresh, just a hint of being off-dry, but lots of cleansing, fresh acidity to finish. 86/100.

Villa Sandi, Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Brut 2013, Italy
10g/l dosage for this DOCG wine which is slightly more intense, slightly more pungent and crisp on the nose, but perhaps not the floral exuberance of the first wine. The palate is dry with a touch of bittersweet endive bite. Racy and fresh with a core of mouth-watering acidity but enough of that pear skin grip. 88/100.

Villa Sandi, Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra Dry, Italy
There's 17g/l dosage in this sweeter style Prosecco. More aromatic again, the floral aspects leaping out of the glass, with lots of fresh cut pear and peach. Seems more effervescent, a lively aspect to the mousse, with a mouth-filling richness and a peach flesh softness and hint of sweetness, but again that hint of chicory bite to the acidity that keeps it fresh. 88/100.

Villa Sandi, Prosecco Superiore Cartizze La Rivetta Brut, Italy
The single vineyard, multi-award winning wine also has 10g/l dosage but seems substantially richer on the nose, with a hint of smokiness and more of that herbal concentration. Not so obviously - fluffily - fruity and sweet, with a lemon pith dryness but definitely more complex notes, a hugely decisive core to the acidity and the fruit concentration giving an almost earthy quality to this. 90/100.

Villa Sandi, Rosé Il Fresco, Italy
Made from the Glera grape blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since 2009 rosé wines cannot be classed as Prosecco. Soft strawberry pink with lovely fresh summery fruit aromas and a touch of the floral aspect and pears again. The 14g/l dosage does give a suggestion of sweetness, making this soft and very easy to drink. 86/100.

the Opere sparkling wines

Opere Villa Sandi, Opere Brut NV, Italy
36 months ageing on the lees and 12% abv for this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Lots of vanilla and brioche richness here, quite a rich style on the palate too, with plenty of ripeness to the fruit and a buttery component. Ultimately quite simple, but balanced and richly appealing. 87/100.

Villa Sandi, Opere Rosé NV, Italy
100% Pinot that spends 36 months on the lees. A touch of copper to the colour, perhaps onion skin. Quite an oxidised style, a touch of mushroomy quality and yeasty. Really nice red fruit component and has a fine savoury aspect with lovely balance. 88/100.

Villa Sandi, Opere Vintage 2007, Italy
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that spends a minimum of 60 months in bottle. Nice hint of development, with again that buttery component and some toast. Nice sense of development in the mouth too with vanilla richness and a lightly foamy mousse. Lovely creamy weight and sense of fruit ripeness. 89/100.

Villa Sandi, Opere Reserva, Italy
60 months on the lees, a blend of Pinot and Chardonnay, the latter fermented in barrique. That component has added a creaminess and almond quality, with toast and a touch of developed yeastiness and lightly earthy aspect. The palate has a delightful fresh lemon juiciness, with lovely length, then the cream and nuttiness adding more richness. 90-91/100.

the still wines

Corpore Villa Sandi, Pinot Grigio Veneto 2013, Italy
Very youthful and pear-droppy still, with a little more richness on the palate from two months battonage. Nicely balanced, the acidity modest, but has a freshness and limpid quality. Nicely dry in the finish. 86/100.

Villa Sandi, Merlot Veneto 2012, Italy
No oak for this bottling of Merlot, and a really sweet, jammy nose showing just a touch of tomato leaf, but it remains creamy and up-front. On the palate there is a slightly dry quality to the fruit and tannins. It finishes with a slightly disjointed character, but is pleasantly savoury. 85-86/100.

Villa Sandi, Corpore 2010, Italy
100% Merlot, this spends a year in new French oak and another in bottle. From terra rossa soils, rich in iron. Yields are low with a green harvest and careful fruit selection. Serious tobacco and cedar nose, with plenty of depth and a bittersweet black fruit character. The palate is fleshy and ripe, filling in any the holes of the with fruit extract, ripeness and that oak. Long, savoury and nicely balanced, with soft but refined tannins and acidity. 90-91/100.

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