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REVIEWS

We're in love with this Italian sparkler. The citrus and vanilla flavors have us coming back for more. Perfect to drink alone or with a light seafood dish. -Premier Sommelier Team

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Prosecco
  • APPELLATION
    Piedmont, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This is a wine that took us back in time. Specifically, to our pre-invino days when we were still conceptualizing what kinds of wines we'd scour the planet to share with our Members (before there were any). Something different; cool; and worth drinking. Something that makes for great conversation; something you'd want to drink again and again.

This Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is all that and more. We found this a few years back while on a sourcing trip across Italy. It comes from a small family producer; the same one who has made an indelible impression on Barolo aficionados. Pure SB that shows a mouthwatering, frizzante-style, it has the most unique ability for satisfying a desire for crisp, tropical fruit and bubbles all at once. A wine to absolutely give a whirl. It makes a (great) impression.

Three things to know:

•Ideal Climate: With shade from the mountains in the mornings and warm summer nights, the grapes reach flavor maturity at their own pace. This slow, even ripening process allows the grapes to hold their tangerine, melon, Meyer lemon flavors as their sugar content creeps toward harvest-worthiness.

•Au Naturale: The wine is vibrant, clean and crisp, with a lingering sparkle in the mouth. The small delicate bubbles of this frizzante style wine enhance the citrus and gooseberry flavous.

•How do they create the bubbles? Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct that occurs when yeast converts sugars to alcohol in the fermentation process. Once the yeasts have consumed all the sugars in the juice, a small amount of sugar and yeast is added to the wine before bottling to create a secondary fermentation, which produces the trademark effervescence we know and love.

TASTING NOTES 

Refreshing citrus flavors combine with vanilla and some oak to make for a delicious mouthfeel.

THE STORY TO KNOW

A COLLINA DEI RE part of the most historic winery Veglio Michelino & Figlio located in Diano D'Alba just around 10Km from Alba center, in the heart of Langa territory. The winery Owner Michelino, a legend of the territory, produces the main wines of the area, including this Re Della Notte Extra Dry, 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Michelino and do not use chemical fertilizers, but instead continues to work the land as they did over 100 years ago while using modern methods in the cellar.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Drink alone or pair with a light seafood dish or savory cheese plate.