Enoteca A.D. Frizzante NV, Italy

$12

“The reductionist approach makes for a truly enjoyable bubbly wine which can be unpretentiously opened on a Friday night after a long week”

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Description

Some wines can be hard to write about in the best possible way. Enoteca Frizzante by Umberto Luigi Domenico is one of those wines. It is so crisp and moreish in its simplicity I feel I don’t want to ruin it with my usual pontification.

The wine is grown in Veneto, Italy. Veneto is home to a lot of Italian sparkling, an array of interesting styles both inexpensive and expensive are made in the region. Veneto unfortunately also has a reputation for producing a mind-boggling amount of very average Pinot Grigio for export to the European market. The mass-produced wines are grown in the rich alluvial soils following the local rivers systems. It is humid and warm so pesticide use in the region is daunting. However, the best site in Veneto all sit off the river plain in the limestone and volcanic hills where the humidity is reduced, and the shallow soils help control vigour of the vine making for much more interesting wines.

This wine is made from a blend of Galera, Garganega, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, and that’s about it. It is a few grape varieties but in a style like this is doesn’t matter, it is about clean crisp citrus flavours and textures.

When I tasted this wine I just said yum. It is simple. Sometimes simplicity gets a bad rap, but think of Piet Mondrian with his use of sharp simple lines with highlights of colour. Simplicity executed correctly is a great thing. The reductionist approach makes for a truly enjoyable bubbly wine which can be unpretentiously opened on a Friday night after a long week, or cracked open on a lazy Sunday for an afternoon Bellini (Sparkling wine usually prosecco with peach nectar or puree, AMAZING afternoon aperitif.)

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