N.V. Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Rustico

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Veneto
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.0%
Price :

"Light-bodied and fresh, with a hint of smoky mineral supporting subtle ripe apple, floral and nut notes. Drink now. 60,000 cases made. –AN" (WS)

"The NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rustico is a rather exuberant yet steely, powerful Prosecco. White peaches, crushed rocks, smoke and flowers are some of the nuances that flow from this large-scaled, important Prosecco. A rich, textured finish rounds things out nicely. The Rustico is far from an easy-going cocktail wine, and is sure to be better at the table than on its own. This is Lot: L10196. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013.

Nino Franco is one of the top names in serious Prosecco. At their best, these wines will make readers reconsider the conventional wisdom that Prosecco is a simple, straightforward aperitif wine." (WA)

"Pale straw. Jasmine and iris on the nose, complicated by minty and earthy twists. Then rich and creamy with hints of sweet spices and earth tones along with ripe yellow fruit. Rich and long on the saline, round finish. This is Franco’s “premium entry-level” Prosecco; though it carries no vintage on the label, Nino Franco always places the vintage on the cork, and this is a 2015 wine." (VM)

"Delicious, creamy texture to this with dried apple, pear and lemon curd. Subtle and flavorful. Full, dry and fresh. A mineral and white pepper undertone. Spicy green apple too. Drink now. Serious Prosecco as always." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The Nino Franco winery is located in Valdobbiadene, a zone in the upper reaches of the Veneto known for producing Italy's finest Prosecco. Third generation and current owner/winemaker Primo Franco is a consummate craftsman, and produces a line of Prosecco that is second to none. The range varies in style but each one has the characteristically fruity back bone one expects from a good Prosecco. The best selling "Rustico" continues to be the bench mark of the category. Never approach Prosecco in the way you would Champagne. Other than bubbles, they are completely different. They are for everyday and best from a white glass (no flute). They are fruity, fresh, fun and will elevate your everyday! Don't over think them... Just enjoy them!

"Rustico" is just off-dry and opens with a firm bubble and crisp acidity. Light aromas of banana on the nose lead to fresh pear on the palate. It finishes clean and works well as an aperitif or matches with lighter hors-d’ouevres, salads, and light seafoods. Also great for brunches mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with peach juice to make the "Bellini Cocktail."



Tech Notes:
100% Prosecco. Sourced from medium to high vineyard sites. Pressing, destemming, must cleaning, and fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel. Second fermentation in "cuvee close" using part of the first fermentation sugar residues. Aged for 30 days in bottle.