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Prosecco tasting notes

text and photographs © 2009 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Prosecco.


Villa Sandi Prosecco Cuvee Oris
Fabulously attractive pear-drop and floral nose with little peach down notes and touches of herbs. Very fresh on the palate, with lots of lemony bite and cool apple fruit. Very attractive, fairly dances on the tongue. 88/100

Villa Sandi Cartizze
Lovely clean pear nose. Plenty of fresh, brightly focused and sparky fruit with a touch of preserved lemon. A touch of phenolic character, and good balance into a long, distinctiver finish with 33g/l residual sugar givng some sweetness. 90/100

Villa Sandi Vigna la Rivetta Cartizze 2008
Lovely mineral precision, from Villa Sandi's own one hectare of Cartizze. 6000 bottles. Gentle waxiness, lots of fresh lemon rind bite. The palate has real concentration, with pear and downy peach skin notes as well as a grippy character. Great acids her and very long. 91/100

Villa Sandi Opere Riserva 2001
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, 30% fermented in new barrels, then a minimum of five years before release. Big, vanilla and cappuccino nose, with a clean, rounded fruitiness beneath. The palate is also quite full, rich and full in a convincing, Champagne-like sytle. 89/100

Villa Sandi Filio 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc with Merlot. Aged six months in French oak. Massively oaky and green nose: heavy charry character, emphasised by being served a touch warm. Dark berry fruit is rather buried, but does come through with a cassis depth, the slightly resinous oak still slightly problematic for me, but lots of coffeeish warmth. 88/100

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