“What’s in a Name?”Vintage Explained…
Altaneve Wines Are Vintage & Vintage is Important
Passionate winemakers greatly appreciate vintage wines, and we are no different. Since our U.S. launch in 2013, all of our wines have been vintage so that our customers can appreciate the delicate differences between one year’s harvest and another.
Each harvest brings nuanced flavors that differentiate vintages from one year to the next. These subtleties are important so that we can learn and appreciate the effects of each year’s weather patterns and continuously refine our winemaking.
Altaneve Labels, However, Are Not Vintage
Vintage wines require new label printing and new U.S. label registration for each vintage year. Altaneve wines are too limited in production to justify such an expense. Instead, we print the vintage and bottling year of our wines on our labels in vertical between the front and back label (see image: the first 4 digits are the year of the vintage, the next two digits are the year of the bottling, and the last two/three digits are the lot number during the bottling year). In this way, we can print several years of our high-quality labels at once, and register the wines only once per type of wine (e.g. Altaneve Z, DOCG, DOC and Rosé), and later, we stamp the vintage during bottling.
How Long Does Prosecco Last?
Altaneve wines are produced using the Martinotti Method – a complex winemaking process that promotes both the crisp freshness found only in young wines and is also responsible for producing the fine bubbles that have become the hallmark of Altaneve wines. The method utilizes a highly-controlled secondary fermentation allowing us to craft increasingly superior wines.
As a wine’s freshness is finite, its bottling date is worth noting. For instance, Altaneve Prosecco and Altaneve Rosé taste best if consumed within 2 years of their bottling. Our more specialized Altaneve Z, by contrast, remains fresh about twice as long due to an extended secondary fermentation.
Generally speaking, for Prosecco and other sparkling wines made using the Martinotti Method, the fresher the wine, the more vibrant its notes and crispness. For this reason and to best appreciate a wine, customers should be aware of the wine’s bottling year in addition to its vintage. To be clear, the freshness of a wine is determined by its bottling date – not its vintage – but, together, this information paints a fuller, more complete picture of each bottle and it’s unique journey.