The Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is a $8.99 Sparkling wine imported exclusively for ALDI’s. This is an Extra Dry Prosecco, which is halfway between Brut and Dry (The Italians prefer their Prosecco to be Extra Dry). The Prosecco DOC is grown in the Veneto and Friuli region, the Valdobbiadene DOCG is a valley in the center of the Prosecco DOC with hillside vineyards. The DOC and the DOCG designation are Italy’s highest wine quality levels, they have very stringent rules and regulations concerning the growing of the grapes and the production of the wine. This Bubbly was produced in the Charmat Method, that is were wine is placed in pressurized vats to introduce the bubbles. The alcohol content is 11%.
The color is almost clear with just a faint tint of gold, there is a flurry of tight, tiny bubbles. The nose is fresh cut apples, some pear, a touch of lime and faint scent of yeasty bread. This is a light, refreshing Bubbly, the acidity causes your lips and tongue to tingle slightly, but does not go overboard. It tastes of not sweet lemon/lime, green apple, pink grapefruit, a nice tight brush of minerality and faint orange. The flavors are balanced and crisp. The finish starts strong but fades quickly.
$8.99 for a DOCG Prosecco is a wonderful bargain. It is tasty, balanced, crisp, refreshing, if not complex with loads of depth. The Grandi Mori Prosecco is a very solid, well made Bubbly, you can buy 3 or 4 bottles of this for every one bottle of the lowest priced Champagne you can find. And 3 or 4 bottles of Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry easily beats one bottle of entry level Champagne.