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Country: Italy Region: Veneto
Varietal: Prosecco (Methode Traditionelle)
Vintage: NV Colour: White Style: Sparkling / Spumante
Producer: Cavicchioli Family
The Cavicchioli family has been cultivating vines in the San Prospero province of Modena (Sorbara DOC) for over a century, but it was not until 1928 that Umberto Cavicchioli began bottling the wine under his family name. Umberto’s two grandsons, brothers Sandro and Claudio, are still part of the business today: Claudio looks after the commercial side of the family business and Sandro is the Winemaker. The Cavicchioli family is among the largest landowners in the Modena DOC with 95ha of vineyards of which 70ha are of the prized Sorbara variety. Here, the climate is always humid with cold winters and hot summers and vineyards are planted in the pergola system to keep the vines dry. Their family’s focus on vineyard ownership, low yields and DOC production has been instrumental in establishing Cavicchioli as one of the few leaders in high-quality Lambrusco and Sparkling wines.
Legend says that a Vitis Lambrusca, or “Wild Vine” as named by Ancient Romans, crept out of the forests of the Apennine Mountains and settled in Emilia, around Modena. Over centuries, it developed different characteristics according to local conditions so that there are noticeable differences in the 30+ sub-varieties found today.
Modena remains the center for production of quality Lambrusco. To the North of Modena are the fertile plains of the Po River Delta, resulting in the richest agricultural center in Italy. Here, the Sorbara and Salamino varieties grow on soils of alluvial origin rich in sand and clay, resulting in delicate wines, which in the case of Sorbara, are extremely fragrant and light in color. To the South of Modena, and around the town of Castelvetro, are the foothills of the Apennines where sloped vineyards lay on poorer, rocky soils ideal for the Grasparossa or a “red-stemmed” variety. Wines from this variety are denser, darker, more structured and made in the dry or abboccato (off-dry) style.
Ageing Potential: 5 years
Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry is made from 100% Glera grapes. In the province of Treviso, the vines are grown mostly on a flat fertile terrain of medium texture.
In the winery, under-ripe” grapes (in order to preserve well the acidity), hand picked, are vinified in white with the skins at a temperature of 8-10°C (cryomaceration) for about 12 hours; the alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature of 16-18°C is followed by the second fermentation using the Charmat method at a temperature of 12-14 °C for about 15-24 days.
Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry features, when poured and tasted, white foam; lively, fine and persistent perlage; pale straw yellow color; an intense aroma of candied fruits and sweet flowers; and a fresh and delicate taste with an aromatic finish; its alcohol is 11%.
Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry should be drunk young and is excellent as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to whole meal; particularly suitable for appetizers, delicate first courses and fish-based dishes. Serving temperature: chilled to 40°F.
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