Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2016

LCBO#: 285585
Price: $17.00
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Masi Agricola S.P.A.

Was part of a box of three wines from this winery a few Christmas’ ago. This Italian red wine gives out amazing cherry and black cherry aromas. The mouthfeel is not too thick and the finish is dry enough to enjoy. Flavours are quite mild alone though. Cherries again, mild berries, plums, hints of sourness, molasses and soft tannins. Very easy to drink with nothing offensive. Thought this one would be better with food, but was not. One to enjoy at the start of an evening, when one does not want a heavy red wine. Goes down smoothly.

Rating: 3.8/5

Bellissima Prosecco Brut

LCBO#: 548164
Price: $24.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: United Spirits Inc

Read something about this bubbly being promoted by Christine Brinkley, but I guess being in Canada never heard about this. An Italian Sparkling with an eye-catching bottle. Aromas of the grapes gives out out fruitiness and mild sourness, with hints of apples and pears. Crisp mouthfeel which does get a little thick and tarty on the tongue. This is where my beef is with this one. Yeast does lingers. Raisin notes in the taste eventually appear. Not one I would have again, especially for the price. Sorry Christine.

Rating: 3.7/5

Mionetto Prosecco Prestige Collection

LCBO#: 483339
Price: $17.00
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Henkell & Sohnlein Sektkellereien
ABV: 11%

This Italian Prosecco has mostly fruitiness in the nose with the white grapes and apples. Lots of sweetness blended with hints vanilla. Flavours seems to be mostly on the dried raisins side of things. So, not as sweet. Just fruity. Seems like the raisins take over the apples and grapes in the nose as well. Light sourness in the finish. Nothing offensive, but nothing too prestigious.

Rating: 3.6/5

Santi Nello Botter Prosecco

SAQ#: 10540730
Price: $15.55
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo & C. SPA

This Italian sparkling gives out lots of apple notes. Fruity aromas of apples. Not too sweet, not too sour with hints of pears. The taste starts off with apple sweetness, very light honey in the background and a nice sour finish does appear slowly as the sips go on. The yeast is nicely mild in here. Seems like nothing too special at first, but does show character as it goes. If you love apples, this one is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco

LCBO#: 516559
Price: $16.95
Vintages
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Azienda Agricola Biasiotto S.A
Year: 2016

Apples, apples, apples. Yes, this beautiful Italian sparkling is full of apples. Everywhere. And there is nothing wrong with this. Yellow apples in the nose with the pear hints. These apples are also in the taste. A little yeast on the tongue in the finish, but nicely balanced. A decent dryness in the mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. All-around well done. Quite like this one… and my cat loved liking the chilled bottle.

Rating: 3.8/5

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

David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Prosecco

imageLCBO#: 385906
Price: $15.25
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Riolite Vini S.R.L.

Wow ! This Italian sparkling is quite the treat !! The yeast is not as strong as most bubbly, so well-hidden. This shows the fruits better. Beautiful aromas of pears over apples, giving some nice sweetness from the grapes. The taste starts off sweet, but not syrupy, and because of the dryness, the mouthfeel is great. Notes of sourness. Hints of vanilla a little everywhere. Superbowl Sunday… hence the football caps in the pic (ok, wrong team, but someday). This is a fantastic bubbly that is totally awesome for the price. Would have this any time.

Rating: 4.2/5

Tenuta S. Anna Prosecco Extra Dry

imageLCBO#: 388710
Price: $17.10
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Genagricola S.P.A.

This Sparkling from Italy gives out a big sweet smell at first, but disappears after breathing, releasing some mild sourness, dryness and light sweetness from the grapes. The nose is quite well-balanced at that point. The taste unfortunately is not. Pretty mild tasting with the same as aromas but more apples than grapes. The sweetness does get stronger with time. Roasted and toasted notes in the finish. Light nutty yeast lingers. Alright, but not worth the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Mionetto Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso

wpid-img_20140720_150041.jpgLCBO#: 266023
Price: $18.85
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Mionetto S.P.A.

This Italian Sparkling starts off with the typical yeast aromas, which disappear after breathing and releases a sweet, sugary nose with apples and hints of dryness. This continues in the taste without being way too sweet, with notes of peaches and honey. The body is still thicker than wanted, not helping the dry mouthfeel, but at least not too, too syrupy. Because of this, needs to be real cold to enjoy. Not our favorite to drink this way, but overall well-balanced for a simple, easy-drinking Sparkling. Enjoy real, real cold.

Rating: 3.7/5

Lamarca Prosecco

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Price: $17.95
Made in: La Marca Trevigiana, Italy
By: La Marca

This Italian sparkling wine from the La Marca Trevigiana region is very well-balanced overall. Mild yeast in the nose with grapes, apples and hints of pears. The mouth has some sweetness and some dryness. Taste of golden apples creating the pear notes. Very light alcohol blended with some mild honey. Peach does come out in the aftertaste covering the yeast. A pretty nice different sparkling for those who like it a bit sweeter than usual.

Rating: 3.8/5