Viticcio Chianti Classico

Purchased in Italy (so no local product number)
Made in: Chianti Classico, Italy
By: Viticcio
Year: 2014

This Italian red wine was brought back from Italy by a family member. Some nice cherry sweetness blends over the grapes and light plums. The taste is pretty mild though with a nice dryness. Nothing really exciting in the mouth, but a good mouthfeel – secco, arso, asciutto.

Rating: 2.8/5

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Villa Sandi Cuvée Oris 

LCBO#: 738542
Price: $16.75
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA
Year: 2015

A beautiful presentation with the unique bottle and classy label. Apple and grape aromas with some banana notes and hints of melon. All good from there, but the taste brings this down a notch. Starts milder, but does get a little stronger. Not much in there though. Alcohol, apples, light honey and some yeast in the finish. Dry, yes, but not much else in this one. Ok, if you like a mild tasting bubbly.

Rating: 3.3/5

Stellina Di Notte Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 485359
Price: $15.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: V.N.P. Valsa Nuovo Perlino SPA

Classy sparkling bottle with simplistic label. This Italian Bubbly has loads of green apples with the grapes and hints of pears, bubblegum. Fruity flavours from the grapes and apples, but not to sweet. Mild dryness with yeast in the finish, lingering. Nutty notes because of this. First sip showed lots of yeast, but gets better as it goes. Not bad at all, but some better out there for the price.

Rating: 3.3/5

Villa Sandi Prosecco

LCBO#: 194191
Price: $9.45
Made in: Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA

This Italian Prosecco has mild fruity aromas with grapes, apples and pears. The taste is also fruity with more of the apples, but the finish is short. Nutty yeast lingers. A decent dryness gets better with time. Quite easy to drink this one with no big faults. Just a tad mild all-around. Some light sweetness, sourness. Really good for the price, as an entry level bubbly.

Rating: 3.6/5

Bottega Vino dei Poeti Rosé Brut

LCBO#: 277202
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Bottega SPA

An inexpensive Italian Bubbly that is very light pink in colour. The aromas are sweet with some citrus notes. Kind of like Sprite or 7up, but with hints of strawberries. The taste is not as sweet as expected, with some sourness at first with a dry middle and some mild strawberry in the finish. Alcohol is felt as well. Mild yeast lingers on the tongue with some light tart and nuts. Decent overall for the price.

Rating: 3.4/5

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

LCBO#: 340570
Price: $17.50
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantina Sociale Valdobbiadene
Year: 2015

This Italian Sparkling wine is always a good one to get at the LCBO. Brunello Imports makes it easy to get this in Ontario. Aromas are sweet and fruity with apples and hints of pears. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Just fruitiness with some decent dryness. Yeast lingers on the tongue. This bubbly is nothing too crazy, too out of this world… but very well-balanced overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

imageLCBO#: 727438
Price: $16.75
Made in: Conegliano, Italy
By: Carpenè Malvolti S.P.A.

The white head of this Italian Sparkling has longer retention than most. Yeasty nose with some sweetness and sourness from the grapes. Hints of honeydew after breathing and some burnt fruit skin. The taste is well-balanced with the fruits (grapes, apples), yeast (tartiness), sourness (citrus), sweetness and some decent dry mouthfeel. A good above-average Sparkling with just a little too much yeast lingering in the aftertaste, for our likings. Better for the price out there, but still good.

Rating: 3.3/4