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

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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

Prevedello Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

imageLCBO#: 262881
Price: $16.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Prevedello

This Italian Bubbly starts off with yeast and orange peel aromas. After breathing, it gets balanced with hints of tropical fruits, vanilla and sugars. The flavours are close to this as well. Feels like it will be a sour one, but because Extra Dry, the finish is quick. Some soft sweetness and yeast lingers a little. Not a bad Extra Dry Sparkling, just lacking a little finesse.

Rating: 3.4/5

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

Belcanto Valdobbiadene Superiore

imageLCBO#: 53215
Price: $18.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Belussi Spumante

Celebrating our first day on the deck of 2015. It’s been a long, bad winter. This makes us happy. Along with the sun, this Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast, but the apples take over quickly. The same fruit is found in the taste well-blended with the grapes. Starts sweet, goes through some sourness to finish a little dry with some yeast tart on the tongue. An easy drinking, well-balanced above average Sparkling. Well recommended for a group bubbly gathering.

Rating: 3.8/5

Ca’ Di Rajo Valdobbiadene

imageLCBO#: 369447
Price: $17.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Ca Di Rajo

Last week, we tried another Sparkling from the same region, and this one is pretty close to it. Aromas a little sweeter with some honey over the apples and mild yeast in the background. The taste is sweet, but not as much as the nose. Made to drink colder, like the previous. Apples, honeydew and yeast in the finish. Easy to consume and to present at a gathering.

Rating: 3.7/5

Perlage Canah Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut

20131222-164655.jpgLCBO#: 358390
Price: $19.95
Made in: Farra di Soligo, Italy
By: Perlage SRL

Written 100% Glera grapes on the back label, AKA Prosecco grapes, for this Italian Sparkling. The nose is mild, but very well-balanced between the sweet fruits, the sourness and the hints of yeast. The taste is stronger, with some apples and notes of pears, all mixed with light sourness in the middle, a fruity sweet finish with some blended bitterness, adding dryness. Yeast eventually lingers in the aftertaste. Overall, a pretty good, easy-drinking Sparkling. Just wish there would be less yeast in the end. Beautiful aromas though. and bottle.

Rating: 3.7/5