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Le Vigne di Alice, “Tajad” FrizzanteVeneto, Italy MV (750mL)

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Le Vigne di Alice, “Tajad” Frizzante Veneto, Italy MV (750mL)

“Crafted to resemble the kind of easy-drinking, food-friendly style that used to grace most tables at her grandmother’s osteria, Cinzia Canzian’s “Tajad” is both deeply traditional and perfectly on-trend.”

For sparkling wine geeks, Le Vigne di Alice would be a great place to apprentice. Cinzia produces Prosecco in every style imaginable, from método classico (i.e. méthode Champenoise, or “Champagne method”) to método ancestrale (“ancestral method”) to método charmat (“tank method”). The best way to describe “Tajad” is as a charmat-method sparkler crafted in the most natural way possible: organically farmed fruit is hand-harvested and fermented using only ambient yeasts in stainless steel, and when the time comes to inoculate the secondary fermentation, Cinzia uses a pied de cuve (a fermentation “starter” made from fresh, fermenting grape must) rather than adding any sugar. No sulfur is added at any time. The only thing differentiating this wine from a pét-nat is that the secondary fermentation finishes in tank, not bottle.

Containing 40% each Boschera and Verdiso and 20% Glera, “Tajad” is bone-dry and gently effervescent, with lots of yeast-derived notes accentuating the bright fruit. In the glass, it shines a silvery straw-gold and sends up aromas of yellow apple, pear, white peach, acacia flowers, fresh cream, bread dough, pepper, cut hay, and wet stones. It is taut and refreshing, with an impeccable fruit-earth-yeast balance and none of the flabby, sugary qualities of mass-market Prosecco. Lovers of dry ciders and saison-style beers will go crazy for it, but frankly, so will lovers of grower Champagne, Chablis, and other spring-loaded whites

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionVeneto
  • SoilClay, Limestone, Glacial Moraine
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendBoschera 40%, Verdiso 40%, Glera 20%
  • Alcohol11.5%
  • Temp.Serve at 45° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2023
  • PairingBaccala Mantecato

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