Canella Rosé Vino Spumante Brut NV

Pale copper-pink color; lemon-lime, raspberry on the nose; raspberry, cranberry, cherry, peach on the palate.

Canella Rosé Vino Spumante Brut NV

Brut; persistent perlage; light body. Pinot noir (pinot nero) grapes spent more than six months on lees to add depth and some complexity. Made using the Martinotti-Charmat technique, often now is simply designated charmat. That means the wine and the bubbles happen in an autoclave (a large, pressurized vessel) to concentrate the bubbles as opposed to concentrating the CO2 in the bottle—the traditional method for Champagne. The techniques mean there is a clear difference between the two, but both deliver bubbles and delicious wine.

This spumante (“sparkling wine” in Italian) flirts with extra dry but remains in the brut territory. Nice spot between some sweetness and dry. This will pleasure both palates. Light and refreshing with energetic bubbles. Good acidity; 12% ABV.

Canella was founded in 1947 by Luciano Canella. The winery is located in San Donà di Piave and run by Luciano’s children, Alessandra, Lorenzo, Nicoletta, and Monica along with Tommaso, the first of the third generation. The Canellas were one of the first families to set up a state-of-the-art winery specializing in Prosecco. Located near the heart of the Conegliano appellation, the Canella have almost become synonymous with Proscecco itself.

Canella beginnings-about 1952

The winery notes the altitude of its vineyards—1,968 feet above sea level—allows grapes to ripen at a more gradual pace, resulting in more intense fragrance and greater acidity. A taste of Canella Rosé Spumante Brut will convince you they are doing something right.

Canella Rosé Spumante Brut NV is light, fresh, and flavorful with an attractive color and vigorous perlage. Fun, zesty, simple easy drinker. Ideal as an aperitif, also pairs with seafood; raw fish; sushi; fish-based risotto; pasta dishes, especially with white sauces; spicy Asian cuisine. If you want to go exotic: creamy buttermilk-basil panna cotta topped with tangy raspberry and balsamic vinegar sorbet (Google it). $14-22

Canella website

Canella family photo 1962
Canella wins gold at Vinitaly’s first competition-1994
Second generation of Canella leadership-2013
Canella siblings and third generation—Tommaso-2017