Why Be Curious? Ultra-elegant Metodo Classico grower Prosecco from the foothills of the Dolomites. 100% Glera (a.k.a. Prosecco). Certainly one of the top sparkling wines from Prosecco, and arguably, from Italy. Punto G means G-spot. Enough said.
Produttore / Producer: Two women in the northern-most reaches of the Conegliano and Valdobiaddene hills with the Dolomites in their backyard are on a mission to make pure, elegant, natural, mineral Prosecco. Cinzia and Pier Francesca are full-on passion, working full-time in the vineyard and in the cantina (less romantic nowadays, but vital in sparkling wines).
Vigna / Vineyard: In the northern part of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadine zone, near Vittorio Veneto. Soils are of glacial moraine origin: chalky, rocky, lean, and full of minerals. Sustainable leaning to organic farming, with trees and other vegetation among the vineyard plots. No herbicides or pesticides in the vineyard, and all weeding is done by hand.
Cantina / Cellar: 30% does fermentation in large casks, and the rest in steel tank. Tirage at least one year later. Disgorgement at least nine months after that. No dosage.
Il Vino / The Wine: This is Alice’s tête de cuvée and the wine that Cinzia and Francesca are proudest of. They love grower Champagne, and with .g they aim to create a wine of comparable quality and complexity that’s still true to their territorio. L’Espresso’s 2013 wine guide (which is much more respected in Italy than Gambero Rosso) judged it Prosecco of the Year. We would go so far as to say that it’s better than many Franciacorte or other Italian Metodo Classico wines.
A Tavola… / At the Table… Use it exactly as you would good grower Champagne — that is, before, at the beginning of, during, or after a meal. For breakfast or brunch. To celebrate a victory or console yourself in defeat.
Alice Prosecco Superiore Brut ‘.g’ [Metodo Classico]
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG.
Nome / Name: Doro.
Ettari / Hectares: 4 hectares.
Quota / Altitude: 200 m / 655 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Of glacial moraine origin: chalky, rocky, lean, and rich in minerals.
Esposizione / Exposure: South / South West.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Glera (the variety formerly known as Prosecco).
Età delle viti / Vine age: 30/40 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 4000 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Sylvoz.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: Second half of September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Lotta integrata (sustainable, but here it really means something, including a green, mostly solar-powered winery).
Resa / Yield: 100 hectoliters / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 30% in large casks, 70% in stainless steel.
Élevage: Tirage at least one year after fermentation. Disgorgement at least nine months after that. No dosage.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 11.5%.
Residual sugar: 2.8 g/l.
Total acidity: 6 g/l.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork (sparkling), 750 ml custom Alice bottle.