2020 Cantine Borga Brut Prosecco Rose DOC, Veneto, Italy (750ml)

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Cantine Borga was founded in 1940 in the Treviso area of the Veneto in northeastern Italy. The winery is 30km from Venice, located between the mountains and the sea. Borga is owned and managed by four cousins descended from the winery’s founders. Martino manages logistics, Caterina is the sales manager, Antonio is the production manager, and Riccardo manages the vineyards. Borga’s 33 hectares of vineyards lie at 6m above sea level on the plains of the Municipality of Chiarano. The soils are a mixture of sand, clay and silt. The area is rich and abundant, thanks to the Piave river and its tributaries, as well as the Livenza river that crosses the estate, surrounded by ancient woods.

The clusters were brought to the cellar immediately after harvest and de-stemmed. The Pinot Noir grapes were gently pressed, and the must macerated on the skins long enough to give the wine its pink hue, prior to alcoholic fermentation. This cuvée is a blend of 85% Glera and 15% Pinot Noir that underwent a 60-day secondary fermentation to gain effervescence, utilizing the Martinotti—or Charmat—Method. This technique is typical of Prosecco, and emphasizes fruit over the secondary and tertiary flavors associated with the Champagne method.

Delicate, pale pink hue, with pinpoint bubbles. The fragrant bouquet is deceptively sweet, showing wild strawberry, banana cream and cotton candy. The palate is clean, dry and straightforward, with strawberry, raspberry and white peach. This lip-smacker finishes with a tart, fruity flourish and is sure to please throughout the holiday season—and beyond.

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