Can Prosecco age? Prosecco is not known by any means as an age-worthy wine. Actually, quite the opposite. But…
Ever since the boom in its popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Prosecco has been produced as a wine to be enjoyed in its youth, fresh and easy to drink, and best drunk within a year of its release date.
But ever since we started to produce ancestral-method col fondo Prosecco, which isn’t disgorged of its lees, we find more and more that Glera — the main grape used in Prosecco — actually has impressive aging potential. And we have even found that the wines actually get even better than when we first put them on the market.
One of the top tasters and wine guide editors in Veneto, Patrizia Loiola (a good friend of ours), recently served the 2013 Bele Casel Colfòndo (in the photo above) at an event she was hosting and presenting.
She told us that she finds the wine is always best when it is roughly two years old she said.
And here’s the tasting note she shared on the 2013:
“Crunchy and rich, tasty and well balanced. I believe more and more that your Colfòndo gives its best after two years [of aging].”
It was just a few months ago that we met with a leading wine writer in New York City (many of you can imagine who she is!) and we tasted our 2009 and 2010 Prosecco Colfòndo out of magnums we had shipped especially to taste with her and with our importer and consumers.
Even at seven and eight years out, the wines showed beautifully and the 2010 was particularly good, with good freshness and — as Patrizia writes above — with good balance. In other words, the wine hadn’t lost its cohesiveness.
In fact, these wines had nothing to apologize for: They were drinking great!
We ascribe the unusual longevity of the wines to the fact that they are aged on their lees, which act as a natural anti-oxidant and thus keep the wines from oxidizing in the bottle.