Cantine Maschio Prosecco Extra Dry
Light-straw yellow in color. Intense aromas with light ethereal notes, along with hints off white peach and orange blossoms. Captivating, soft, and round on the mouth with nuances of peach and almond. Ideal as an aperitif, it also pairs nicely with light starters, seafood, soups, salads, and light pasta dishes. Delicious with fruit and pastries. Serving Temperature: Serve chilled at 42-56 °F.
The wines produced by Cantine Maschio come from grapes grown on the hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano and in the Piave Valley. Which are the most prestigious areas in the appellation and really speaks on the heart of traditional Prosecco.
Maschio focuses on high-end quality production. The grapes go through a gentle pressing process. Only the must from the first pressing, the “mosto fiore” or free-run juice, is used. This can be compared to the production of extra-virgin olive oil.
The history of Cantine Maschio is also the history of Prosecco, a wine which, with its fresh, light and lively style, has created a new type of drinking geared towards conviviality, the aperitif and the cocktail known as a “spritz. For years Italians have been proud to Say Cheers with Maschio!
One of the world’s most popular and playful sparkling wines, Prosecco is a specialty of northeastern Italy, spanning nine provinces of the Veneto and Fruili-Venezia Giulia regions. A higher-quality version of Prosecco wine that must meet more stringent production requirements is known as Prosecco Superiore and must come from the more rugged terrain between the towns of Valdobiaddene and Conegliano. Prosecco can be produced as a still wine, a semi-sparkling wine (“frizzante”), or a fully sparkling wine (“spumante”)—the latter being the most common. While Prosecco wine is typically produced in a “brut” (dry) style, its fresh and fruity character makes it seem a bit sweeter than it actually is. “Extra dry” styles, incorporating higher levels of residual sugar, are quite popular, however.
Prosecco wine is made from the Glera grape, which was formerly and confusingly called Prosecco, these wines are notable for pleasant flavors of peach, pear, melon, green apple, and honeysuckle. Lower pressure during the carbonation process (also called the tank method) means that the bubbles are lighter and frothier than in Champagne or other traditional method sparkling wine, and less persistent. Prosecco is also a great choice to blend with orange juice for mimosas for a classic brunch beverage.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.