Nino Franco Grave di Stecca 2009 Brut Valdobbiadene
Tasted October 2012
Grapes - 100% Glera (Prosecco)
Appearance - clear and bright with a medium minus intensity lemon-green hue. Some noticeable fine bubbles and very few visible tears.
Nose - clean, youthful with medium intensity aromas of green fruit, mainly fresh apples, some citrus notes of lemon, traces of yeast, some flowery hints and a minerally undertone.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity just slightly green, medium body and alcohol. The mousse enters a bit aggressive but than dissolves quite nicely into a more creamy texture. Medium plus intensity flavours once again mixing green fruits like apple and ripe pear and citrus notes of lemon mixed with a distinct flowery, perfumed note. These flavours are particularly prolonged and pleasing on the medium plus length finish where one can find some hints of almond and a pinch of saltiness.
Conclusions (17,5/20) - very good quality, showing nice tipicity, with fresh and lively tones of fruit mingled with some flowery notes. The initial attack on the palate is quite aggressive but than it reacts nicely and becomes more smooth and has a particularly prolonged fresh aftertaste. Fairly complex, super precise, interesting and apparently a good company to salty, acidic food. Drink now, it drinks effortlessly, and I don't think it is going to improve much further.