If you’re new to Prosecco, like I basically am, then one of the best ways to start is with a family-run winery whose sole focus is the Glera grape and the production of Prosecco. Say hello to Nino Franco, who will be the star of my first few posts as we study Prosecco. Make sure you’ve read Sparkling Wine 101: Piecing together Prosecco to learn a bit of the bubbly basics, and then let’s move on to some wine reviews…

About the Winery: Antonio Franco established Franco Cantine in 1919, growing grapes and making Prosecco in Valdobbiadene — a town in the province of Treviso, Veneto, Italy. Today, it’s third generation Primo Franco who’s taken over the business and has carried on — and even enhanced — the familial Prosecco tradition. He continues to cultivate from estate vineyards as well as work closely with well established, exclusive vineyards within his immediate area. He experiments with old clones, new cuttings, and different expressions from different elevations of the Prosecco-focused DOC and DOCG.

About the Wine: The Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is made from 100% Glera grapes, harvested from the Valdobbiadene DOCG vineyards located at a medium altitude. The sparkling wine was made in the Charmat Method.

11% ABV

Flavor Profile: On the pour and into the glass, the Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is a light, but bright straw-like yellow. Out of the glass comes complex aromas of brioche, crisp apples, and white petaled flowers. The palate is a light to medium body with a bit of nuttiness in the background that gives the impression of a bit of creaminess on the tongue as well. However, this is certainly a brut Prosecco — it’s fairly crisp, a bit sour, and just the faintest hint of a sticky-sweet film on the tongue during the aftertaste.

Light bodied, this Prosecco is not overwhelming either on the palate or in the body and works quite well as an aperitif or as accompaniment to a light lunch.

More Info: I received the Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco as a sample for review in conjunction with the #WineStudio Twitter chat. (Cheers Tina!) Retail: $19. For more information about Nino Franco, their Proseccos, and to order their Prosecco directly, please visit the Nino Franco website.


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