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Prosecco Superiore Brut Magnum

Sommariva
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Cinzia Sommariva’s Prosecco, hailing from the heart of the Prosecco zone near the town of Conegliano, is an obvious choice when looking for a wine for a celebration, or simply to enliven the senses. And while Prosecco maybe be very easy to drink, by no means is it easy to make. Cinzia and her parents farm thirty-five hectares of Glera, the Prosecco grape, in these gentle hills that lead into the towering Dolomites to the north. At Sommariva, the objective is quality, even if it means putting in extra effort, such as working sustainably in the vineyards and choosing to harvest by hand. While there is no doubt that Cinzia’s wine tastes great as an aperitivo or with a light antipasto, try drinking it over the course of an entire meal—like a true veneziano—to experience its remarkable versatility!

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: sparkling
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 1.5L
Blend: Glera
Appellation: Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Producer: Sommariva
Winemaker: Caterino & Cinzia Sommariva
Vineyard: Up to 25 years, 35 ha
Soil: Mineral-rich and Rocky Clay
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 11.5%

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About The Region

Veneto

map of Veneto

Italy’s most prolific wine region by volume, the Veneto is the source of some of the country’s most notorious plonk: you’ll find oceans of insipid Pinot Grigo, thin Bardolino, and, of course, the ubiquitous Prosecco. And yet, the Veneto produces the highest proportion of DOC wine of any Italian region: home to prestigious appellations like Valpolicella, Amarone, and Soave, it is capable of excelling in all three colors, with equally great potential in the bubbly and dessert departments.

With almost 200,000 acres planted, the Veneto has a wealth of terroirs split between the Po Valley and the foothills of the Alps. While the rich soils of the flatlands are conducive to mechanization, high yields, and mass production of bulk wine, the areas to the north offer a fresher climate and a diversity of poor soil types, ideal for food-friendly wines that show a sense of place. Whether it’s a charming Prosecco Superiore from the Glera grape, a stony Soave or Gambellara from Garganega, or a Corvina-based red in any style, the Veneto’s indigenous grape varieties show real character when worked via traditional production methods.

Since his first visit in 1979, Kermit has regularly returned to the Veneto to enjoy its richness of fine wines and local cuisine. Our collaboration with Corte Gardoni, our longest-running Italian import, is a testament to this. The proximity of beautiful cities like Verona and Venice, with their deep culinary heritage, certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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