Mionetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Veneto, Italy) Extra Dry NV

($19, Mionetto USA):  There’s Prosecco, and then there’s Valdobbiadene Prosecco.  The difference is location, location, location: where the grapes grow.  Tasting the wonderful range of Mionetto’s Prosecco is extremely instructive.  Their DOC Prosecco Treviso, reviewed here previously, is very good and very well-priced.  It’s easy to recommend and I have.  But one taste of their Valdobbiadene Prosecco transports you to a different level.  Same wine-making team, same basic method of production.  The only difference is the source of the grapes.  The hilly Valdobbiadene area has long been known as a superior source of grapes for Prosecco, which is why wines from that area receive DOCG designation, Italy’s highest ranking, as opposed to DOC like the rest of Prosecco.  This Prosecco delivers similarly floral, almost peach-like nuances, but is just more elegant and graceful than Mionetto’s DOC Prosecco.  It is worth the premium?  That’s for you and your banker to decide, but I think so.
92 Michael Apstein Apr 14, 2020