La Marca 2008 Prosecco

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La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Trevisio area of Northern Italy from the Prosecco grape. Prosecco is characterized by light and delicate fruit and floral aromatics, relatively low alcohol levels, and a friendly mouthfeel. Prosecco is best consumed soon after production while it still retains its youthful fruitiness and stimulating acidity. La Marca Prosecco, produced by a winegrower cooperative founded more than 40 years ago, brings top quality at a friendly price.
Winemaking Notes:

The La Marca 2008 Prosecco is produced from 100% Prosecco grapes, harvested in early September 2008, sourced from hundreds of small vineyards throughout the region. The grapes were crushed immediately after harvest before being pressed in gentle membrane presses. The juice was allowed to cold-settle before the initial fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 59-65º F. The still wine underwent aging on the lees prior to a secondary fermentation using the Charmat process at a temperature of 59 º F.

Tasting Notes:
This sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.

Recommended Cuisine:
La Marca Prosecco has the charm to stand alone as an aperitif, but it also has the body and the acidity to match well with a range of fragrant and spicy dishes. Try it with seafood, mild cheeses and any tomato-rich dish, or even with fruit-based desserts.
Finished Wine:
Varietal Content: 100% Prosecco
Varietal Origin: IGT Veneto
Alcohol: 11.30% by vol.
Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/100ml
Total Acidity: .58 g/100ml
pH: 3.2
Italian Sparkling Wine, ©2009 La Marca USA, Hayward, CA. All rights reserved.

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La Marca Consulting Winemaker Fabrizio Gatto

"Tasting the wine is my favorite reward"

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World renowned winemaker Fabrizio Gatto was exposed to the world of wine from an early age, growing up in a small town in central Italy where his father ran a modest vineyard. At the tender age of fourteen he was accepted into the viticulture program at the prestigious Scuola Enologica de Conegliano (Conegliano Veneto School of Enology) in the heart of the province of Treviso where La Marca now sources the grapes for its Prosecco. Here, at Italy’s foremost wine school and viticulture research station, his true passion for the craft of the winemaker began to blossom. Fabrizio seized every opportunity to acquire the techniques of modern winemaking. He later worked and studied at both R. Phillips Winery and Martin Brothers Winery in California, where he had ample opportunity to apply the techniques he had learned.

After Conegliano Veneto, Fabrizio continued his formal wine education, studying enology at the University of Milan. While attending the university, he was honored with a scholarship to the prestigious Cave Yves Cuilleron in France; here he directed the vinification of Viognier, Marsanne, and Syrah.

Upon completion of his formal schooling, Fabrizio continued his quest to be a trendsetter in the world of Italian wine by accepting a position as enologist at the Cantina di Microvinificazione of the Agrarian Institute of San Michele all’ Adige. While at the Institute, he conducted winemaking experiments among many of the nearly 1,000 grape varieties extant in Italy today.

By combining his wide range of experience, Fabrizio has evolved into one of the most respected winemakers in Italy today. He has been head winemaker for Ecco Domani wines since the 1995 vintage and is currently consulting winemaker for La Marca winery in Treviso, supervising the production of La Marca’s line of sparkling Prosecco wines and their introduction into the American market.

An avid sportsman, Fabrizio enjoys football (soccer), downhill skiing and sailing. His fashion favorites include Ferragamo ties, Armani clothing and Fratelli Rosetti shoes. On days when he’s not spending time at the wineries he manages or surveying the hillside vineyards, he can be found at home enjoying luscious Italian cuisine (naturally with wine) with his wife Cinzia, and playing with his two year-old son, Carlo.

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