The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 is not your typical Prosecco. The grapes are sourced in the hills surrounding the winery in the Valdobbiadene DOCG section of the Prosecco region. The winery and estate were founded in 1926 and are one of the oldest Prosecco producers and the oldest in the Valdobbiadene region.
But that is not why this Prosecco is different. Almost all Prosecco is produced with the Charmat Method. The grapes are fermented once and then aged according to each producer’s specfications. Then the wine is transferred to huge pressurized vats for the second fermentation. A measured amount of yeast and sugar is added to the vat, the vat is sealed and the pressure is applied. In a few weeks to a few months, the process is complete and the bubbles are added to the Prosecco Sparkling wine.
But, not so with the Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019, the Bolla family (they own Valdp Prosecco) decided over 20 years ago to make a Prosecco using the Traditional Method (Metodo Classic). This is the way production method for both Champagne and Cava.
With the Traditional Method, the grapes are fermented to the winery’s specifications the 1st time and then aged. The wine from the 1st fermentation is then bottled and before a temporary cap is applied a measured amount of yeast and sugar are added to each bottle. The bottles are left for months and sometimes years turning the bottles a 1/4 turn every few days so the dead yeast will not stick to the glass bottle.
The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 has a 2nd fermentation that lasted at least ten months the yeast is removed and a small amount of sugar is added to bring the Bubbly up to the desired sweetness level. This is an Extra Dry Prosecco, two-thirds of all Prosecco is rated as Extra Dry which is slightly sweet. The Bubbly is then aged another six months before release.
The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 is also a vintage Bubbly, which again is not common for a Prosecco wine. So, this Bubbly is sourced from grapes from the finest areas of Prosecco and Produced like a Champagne or Cava wine, not a Prosecco. I am looking forward to giving this Bubbly a try so let us go to the tasting section.
The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 Tasting Notes
The color is a combination of silver and gold and the bubbles are plentiful. The nose is lemon, apple, and grapefruit, a little Italian bakery bread, peach, and lightly floral. The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 has flavors and textures that engage your entire palate.
This Prosecco tastes like tart grapefruit, juicy peach, green apple, dried pear pieces, and nectarine. The mid-palate brings that salty/nutty on-lees sensation (all Sparkling wines are aged on-lees (with dead yeast in the tank or bottle), mild yeasty bread, a hint of spice, and a little cream. The acidity is in the pocket, this is a very balanced Bubbly.
- The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 is unlike any Prosecco I have ever tasted, this Bubbly is delicious.
- I am not sure of the price, I think this wine lists for $30, but I don’t know the actual price in the shops. It looks like this is a new wine for the 2022 Holidays.
- The more I sip this Bubbly, the more I like it.
- The Valdo Numero 10 DOCG Prosecco Metodo Classico 2019 is a legitimate Champagne alternative.
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