Le Vigne di Alice ‘Tajad’ Frizzante
Vittorio, Veneto 2018
Boschera + Verdiso + Glera
Honeysuckle, yuzu citrus and wet riverstones are an immediate win for this wine on the nose – going well beyond the classic peachy Prosecco scent. The palate carries all that minerality, zesty grapefruit, a touch of lemon meringue and an unexpected spiciness. The ‘Tajad’ wine had traditionally been bottled in the same cork closed bottles as the rest of Alice sparklers This crown bottle cap, frizzante wine (lighter bubbles than spumante) is a brand new direction and I’m on board. It may convey the casual nature that the wine is intended for but it also allows the wine to be enjoyed more like a good wine, and less like, well, how we often treat bubbles (see: “Champagne flutes.” Ugh. Don’t get me started) Please use your normal glassware.
Cinzia and Pier Francesca are passion, full-tilt. These are two women in the rocky northernmost reaches of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene with the Dolomites in their backyard. They are on a mission to make pure, elegant, natural, mineral Prosecco. They have met the challenge that most producers can only speak of, but not achieve, or rather, actually even try. Prosecco has a certain place in the world market and to try to find a way to change that widely accepted perception would be madness. Step one for the Cazian family was organic farming, something also considered a bit out there in this high volume region due to the extra labor it requires. But the results of their passion, and adherence to a hands on approach, are their line of wines that truly stand out amidst a sea of just plain old Prosecco.