Villa Sandi, Prosecco, Asolo Superiore, Veneto, Italy, 2016
(at Decanter's Great Sparkling Exploration 2017, Church House, London, 07 Jun 2017)
Prosecco Asolo is a hillside zone identified for the high quality of its grapes. It is a five mile long ridge across the river from the zones of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. This particular example comes from a one hectare vineyard producing 11,000 bottles. There is a beautiful hint of almond cream along with ripe pear and soft green apple. It is clean, steely and fresh, showing excellent purity of flavour and good intensity. Not necessarily a party wine, it's a more cerebral approach to Prosecco.