Sommariva, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Veneto, Italy) Brut NV

($17, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants):  There is Prosecco and then there is the huge step up to Prosecco from the hilly Valdobbiadene – Conegliano region.  Of course, it’s a mouthful to pronounce, but it’s worth remembering the distinction when buying Prosecco.  The difference is where the grapes are grown.  For Prosecco, grapes come from flat lands.  For Conegliano – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, grapes grow on steep hillsides.  Hillside vineyards generally produce better grapes compared to those on flat lands because the soil is less fertile, and the drainage is better (Bordeaux is a giant exception).  Sommariva’s lively version delivers delicate peachy nuances both aromatically and on the palate.  Good density, a charming roundness, and a surprisingly long finish make it a delight to sip.
91 Michael Apstein Mar 21, 2023