NV Le Vigne di Alice “Ose” Brut Rosé, Vino Spumante, Veneto, Italy
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ABOUT THIS WINE
Vinification, destemming and brief maceration on the skins, gentle hydraulic pressing, static settling of juice, and fermentation at 18°-20°C. The wine remains on the lees for about 2 months. Pressurization in steel tank, charmat method. Re-fermentation for around 50 days at 18°C.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
The region of Northern Italy where Prosecco hails from is filled with industrially farmed vineyards that produce wines that are counted in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of cases annually—not too romantic a picture. Enter Cinzia Canzian, a long time proponent of organic vineyard management and champion of the local varieties and wine traditions of her home region.
Cinzia Canzian, after an experience of almost two decades working for her husband’s winery and the Prosecco consortium, started Le Vigne di Alice in 2004, inspired by memories of her grandmother Alice’s osteria or tavern, where conviviality and wines like A Fondo and Tajad flowed. Her vision was – and is – to bottle artisanal, grower Prosecco that speaks of the grapes and soil, from vineyards at the base of the Dolomites near her home, but also to make sparkling wines that are bone-dry Brut, or even Brut Nature (i.e., no dosage). We call it Prosecco for non-Prosecco lovers (a category that includes us). Alice’s Brut Nature style was the first in the Prosecco area to really get the attention of sommeliers and wine lovers looking for something to pair instead of Champagne, and it is still considered one of the best.