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This Year’s Best Prosecco at Its Price

Another candidate starting with a “P” has joined the Wine Snob Naughty Step as prosecco is regularly panned nowadays – alongside pinotage and pinot grigio.

In fairness, there is a point there.

The extension of the area entitled to use the prosecco name did bring in examples that are dull, unexceptional and lacking that important freshness.

And entry point price levels do seem to have more than their share of them.

So it was great to find (and feature) a £7.50 version that, to me, exemplifies what sound prosecco is all about.

It is as good a version at a modest price as I have seen this year.

Sticking in Italy (but going almost 1000km south), our red is also well worth seeking out.

It features a relatively little known grape variety with a quality potential that suggests its day in the sun is well overdue.

I hope you enjoy them both.

In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.

Straight into that prosecco then.

Corte Molino Prosecco (£7.50 – instead of £8.50 until 14 May – at the Co-op and 11% abv):

Quite a few inexpensive prosecco options are currently mundane and one-dimensional.

The result perhaps of demand exceeding supply having a predictable effect on quality.

However, this lovely award-winning example not only meets all my personal quality criteria but is exceptional value at this discounted price.

Despite its seemingly lazy bubbles, it has a surprisingly active mouthfeel, coupled with a carefully balanced creamy texture.

All that mingles agreeably with the wine’s soft apple, pear and ripe melon flavours that its sherbet acidity brings out nicely.

NB:- As this site’s comments section has recently underlined, the Co-op’s regional structure does mean that not all branches have all nationally publicised promotions.

Now for its companion red.

2022 Terre di Faiano Nero di Troia (£8 – instead of £9.50 until 14 May – at Sainsbury’s and 13.5%):

Possibly because of its low yields, this grape from Puglia (once called Uva di Troia) is not used as often as its quality justifies – but this example is terrific.

Make sure you try it before the current promotion ends next week.

Bold and organically produced, it has smooth mulberry, bramble and prune flavours.

Secondary influences include hints of vanilla, woodsmoke and walnut with well-balanced acidity (but firm tannin) supporting the whole package.


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Comments

13 Comments

Fred Chrystal

Happy to try this Co-op Prosecco but our “go to” one has always been Tesco’s Dino now at £6 for Clubcard members.

Brian Elliott

Not tried that recently, Fred. – must now do so. It is great to see this comments section providing so many useful tips. Thank you for adding to them.

Matthew Walkley

We’re big fans of the Terre di Faiano range, including this one and their Primitivo. I always feel it punches significantly above it’s price point!

Handily it’s also available in cans for impromptu picnics. Hopefully coming into the season where this can be utilised!

Brian Elliott

Agree with you, Matthew about the producer. They do indeed have some great wines (textured yet fully authentic). Didn’t know about the cans though, so thanks for the tip.

Eddie Walker

Morning Brian …

I had my Nero di Troia from Sainsbury’s last weeek for £6, on a double dipper, with the shelf reduction added to the 25% off buy 6. It hits well higher than even its full price point of £9.50 anyway. Very enjoyable drinking, typically Italian south and fleshy, fruity and aromatic. A great call!

One of your regular contributors here will identify themselves no doubt as the person who flagged-up the excellent Pignoletto £7.50 at Sainsbury’s as an alternative to Prosecco. And how true is that recommendation once discovered. Very nice stuff. Some on the shelf that will get an airing very soon as the weather improves, for chilling in outdoor warmth.

But as long as we are looking towards the places Conegliano -Valdobbiadene as our production points for Prosecco I have always resisted the detractors for what I find as appealing a fizz aperitif as there is, at its typical price point.

Your Co op endorsement today sounds interesting and well-priced. Sainsbury’s have a DOC TTD rosé version, Pinot Noir added to the Glera, that my wife really enjoys, currently down to £8. And Aldi have that Valdobbiadene at £7.69 that is always on my shelf.

Forza Italia!!!!

Brian Elliott

I think it was Paul Davies with the first Pignoletto steer in August last year but, as you say, a good option. That Co-op prosecco is from Treviso which I find is a name to look for with prosecco – along with the DOCG regions you mention – Conegliano-Valdobbiadene plus, of course, Asolo – much smaller but one I prefer.

Eddie Walker

WOW!! Asolo near Montebelluna … one of the first places I ever played in Italy in ’88. Who knew back then!! Must go hunting Brian …

Paul Davies

Eddie and Brian.
Guilty- I was the one who alerted the Pignoletto.But at the moment I am in Puglia and amazed at the quality of the Fiano and Primitivo from Feudi di Guagnano in Lecce.
.Just a follow up on Santorini.Some of the vine roots on Santorini go down to a depth of 18 metres which reflects how harsh the conditions are.Buon giorno!

Brian Elliott

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Rebecca

I’ve enjoyed Negroamaro and Primitivo wines from Puglia before but not Nero di Troia, so will definitely try out your recommendation. I’ve just finished the M&S La Bonita Lisboa that you featured recently, which was very good.

Brian Elliott

Yes, do give that one a go, Rebecca, I do not think you will be disappointed. I am glad to hear that La Bonita lived up to its billing especially as M&S do not have too many wines at that discounted price point.

Eddie Walker

Prompted by Rebecca’s remark about the M&S Bonita Lisboa that I too thought was wonderful, especially at the offer price a few weeks ago, may I offer an update Brian on where we are at with some other bottles spoken about on MWW recently.

The Lidl Lugana that you have repeatedly told subscribers is one to take home, the ‘Tour remainders in the wooden crates if you can find them local to you are officially down from £8.99 to £6.99. So ultra desirable as well as a deal now I thought it outstanding quality and value.

This week has seen the Lidl Cimarosa New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc down from £6.99 to £4.99 using their Plus app. Really enjoyed engaging again with typical Marlborough zesty minerality. I thought it well worth the money.

The Spätburgunder Bio Ruppertsberg 2023 from TWS at £9.95, new vintage in, unlike the 2022 does not immediately engage me in the same dynamic way that the previous vintage did.

In short this is either because it won’t ever be as good or because it needs a few more months before we get later bottlings, or time in the bottle on the shelf will improve it.

And if subscribers here now can get hold of a Times Wine Club/Laithwaites deal, here’s a Portuguese red from Tejo, they should find to their taste that isn’t as yet being shouted from the rooftops. Lobo e Falcão 2023 is terrific drinking in the way that so many of these central Portuguese bottles are coming to us these days from Lisboa, Tejo and Setubal. it’s the best one so far I’ve had, young, vibrant, ripe black-red fruit and balanced. It sloshes away far too easily. Maybe more than folks would prefer to pay at £13.99 I got it through a couple of code dodges at £8.40 equivalent, no delivery charge. Watch Decanter start talking about it very soon.

Brian Elliott

Good to see the updates Eddie and even better to see that many are still ticking boxes.
I certainly praised that Lobo e Falcao four vintages back concluding that its “Floral and herbal influences neatly underpin the plum and bramble flavours …. which are nicely supplemented by the gentle tannin, good acidity and the textured suggestions of espresso and cinnamon that accompany them.” Sounds – from what you say – as though it is still producing the goods.


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