by JONATHAN KIVINIEMI
3rd generation owner/winemaker Francesco Drusian has been producing exceptional wines at his family’s historic estate since he assumed control in the 1980s. Originally planted over a century ago by Francesco’s grandfather, the estate now has vineyards spanning over 80 hectares , all within the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG area.
The Conegliano Valdobbiadene region is a small area just South the Dolomite mountains, encompassing the city of Conegliano in the east and Valdobbiadene to the West. It is one of only two areas that can produce Prosecco under Italy’s highest quality classification, Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (DOCG). This region is where the majority of the highest quality Proseccos hail from, including those produced by Drusian. Their brut offering is no exception, delivering quality at a great value.
Brut is a legally regulated term that refers to the sweetness level of the wine, specifically how many grams per liter of reidual sugar are in the wine. The most common Proseccos on the market are labeled as “Extra Dry” which is honestly a bit of a misnomer. Extra dry is actually sweeter than brut, as it means the wine contains 12-17 grams per liter of residual sugar, while brut means it contains no more than 12 grams per liter. Most brut sparkling wines taste dry even though some residual sugar remains, as the small amount of sugar is not perceived as sweetness on the palate. With 8-10grams per liter of residual sugar, the Drusian Brut comes in well under the regulated limit and is definitely on the drier side for a Prosecco.
The Drusian Brut pours a straw Yellow with a shimmer of geen on the rim. An abundance of small bubbles lift aromas of white peaches and apricots out of the glass. Bright notes of lemon zest cut through the stone fruit and are followed up by a hint of white flowers. It is a pleasant wine to nose; the aromatics are easily discerned but not overly intense. Vibrant acidity provides a backbone for flavors of golden apple, white peach, and lemon curd. There is an underlying subtle minerality and nuttiness, which rounds out the palate and showcases a depth of flavour unusual for Prosecco. A rich perlage lends a pleasant mouthfeel and tempers the acidity. Fresh and fruit forward, with a dry and lingering finish.
Wine: Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Spumante Brut
Grape(s): 100% Glera
Price: $18 – $20