Silvano Follador Valdobbiadene Prosecco superiore docg Extra Brut 2022
Silvano and Alberta own a total of barely 4ha of vineyard, 1.5ha of which are in Cartizze. They work biodynamically without being too fanatical in this. Their Prosecco is of an uncommon purity of aroma and the fruity and floral notes come into their own here and you hardly notice that these wines are completely dry, so softly fruity and mouth-filling, flavourful and meanwhile particularly light-bodied. They are exceptionally fine wines of a class you would never expect from Prosecco.
Ian d’Agatha: “I remember that when I first tasted Silvano Follador’s 2021 Prosecco earlier this year, the delicate bubbles, refreshing acidity, richness of the palate, and the very focused layers of flavour led me to believe that this was a white-on-white (Blanc de Blancs) Champagne, and I was surprised to learn that it was a Prosecco made by the Charmat method. Consequently, when I had the chance to drink the new vintage, 2022 (a relatively warm vintage at that), I was very interested, even very attentive to the changes and differences that the new vintage brought or might have brought to the wine’s style..” 94/100
Ian d’Agatha: “Silvano Follador is in my opinion the single best producer of Prosecco today, though his recent decision to stop making Cartizze so as to focus on just one wine that would best express the denominazione’s potential and terroir is one that pains me immensely. That said, Follador is a true master of the Glera grape variety and the 20,000 bottles of wine he makes a year (he owns 3.5 hectares – 8.6 acres), made in a relatively drier style than most of his colleagues, are much sought after by wine lovers and collectors.”
Decanter: 91/100; James Suckling: 93/100; Wine Enthousiast: 90/100; Luca Gardini: 95/100; Ian d’Agatha (Vinous): 95/100; Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri;…