The Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s Sparkling wine, but it is available at other retailers in different parts of the world. It sells at the Marks and Spencer store in London for the equivalent of 16 dollars US and at a similar price in wine shops in Ireland.
A wine that is a store brand that sells for a meager price does not mean that it is a cheap wine. Sometimes, well, most of the time, store brands are bargains. The Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 is a vintage-dated Bubbly and a Rosé, a recent development for Prosecco.
Prosecco was easy to define; it is a Sparkling wine made with Glera grapes grown in the Prosecco region using the Charmat Method. Rosé needs grapes with pink to red skin to get its color, and that usually means red grapes, but some White grapes such as Pinot Grigio can have enough color for Rosé.
The worldwide popularity of Rosé caused some changes in with the wine authorities in Prosecco. A Rosé Prosecco is rated DOC and can include 10% to 15% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir). It can not be non-vintage; it needs to be vintage-dated. It is basically regular DOC Prosecco with Red wine blended in before bottling.
The Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 is an Extra Dry Bubbly. Remember, with Sparkling wine, some of the sweetness ratings are backward. Extra Dry means slightly sweet, which is how most Italians prefer their Prosecco. Sparkling wine has enough acidity to balance the most sugary sweetness in the wine. The effect is more fruit-forward than sweet.
A regular non-vintage Prosecco is a blend of several recent vintages to ensure a continuation of flavor from year to year. A Prosecco Rosé is Pinot Nero added to Prosecco grown in the same year, so these wines should see more fluctuation from vintage to vintage.
The Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 is a $6.99 Sparkling wine in America, but a $16 Bubbly elsewhere. It is produced by a large Italian wine company that sells its wines under different labels in different countries worldwide. The alcohol content is a mild 11%.
Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 Tasting Notes
The color is Barbie Doll pink, with a slew of energetic bubbles. The nose is not unlike the typical Prosecco, a blast of sharp grapefruit and assorted citrus, but the Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 also adds black cherry hard candy and faint stone fruit.
This is a crisp, clean Sparkling wine, and the addition of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) adds rounded flavor and some extra structure. It tastes like a tasty and unexpected mix of lemon and cherry, sort of a cherry lemonade sensation but not sweet. Then there is grapefruit, lime, a salty and nutty flavor, soft spice, and dried strawberry bits.
The acidity and the extra sugar balance each other. The acidity adds a brightness and shine to all the flavor.
- The Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé 2020 is a tasty Bubbly.
- I like my Champagne with Pinot Noir added in, and it turns out that I like my Prosecco with a bit of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir).
- Do not let the $6.99 price tag put you off. If you think it is too cheap, you can always fly to London and pay $16.