Bele Casel is an artisan Prosecco Asolo producer based at Caerano San Marco, near Treviso, the small 12ha Ferraro family estate lies in a fiercely protected subzone of iron red & calc hills called Asolo, notably in the communes/villages of Cornuda, Monfumo & Maser; the terroir giving wines a fragrant white peach character as well as a certain saltiness.
The Ferraro family have been at it since 1977, first bottling the aforementioned frizzante ‘Colfondo’ method but then when the market became too tough, accepting that they too had to make a spumante. Fast forward a generation and father Danilo, who kick started the family’s move to bottling, was joined in 1998 by son Luca (the tall one!), fresh out of wine school. Luca’s arrival ushered in a new cantina/winery, completed in 2003 that also allows them to make spumante for other small growers, along with the planting of a new vineyard, ‘Maser’; the estate being organic in all but certificate.
In 2019 they are to release a new wine, Prosecco Asolo Superiore ‘Vecchie Uve’ (0RS) – a 2017 vintage blend of ancient Asolo Prosecco varieties Glera, Perera, Bianchetta, Boschera, Rabbiosa, Manzoni, harvested from their vineyards in the villages of Monfumo, Maser & Cornuda.
> Certified organic since 2014.
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Extra Brut (4 grams RS)
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Extra Dry (16 grams RS)
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Dry Millesimato (23 grams RS)
Prosecco Asolo Colfòndo (secco)
Prosecco Asolo Colfòndo ‘Quindici’ (only in exceptional vintages)
Prosecco Asolo Superiore ‘Vecchie Uve’ (0RS) – to be release in 2019!
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Extra Brut (4 grams RS) – tasted March ’18 from tank, from 2017 vintage, spring bottling. From the lofty east facing Monfumo vyd – hit hard by frost in 2017, so none for the Extra Dry – at 150m asl, planted with Glera (95% in the blend), Perera, Bianchetta, Rabbiosa. Extra Brut is stonier, drier, with notable nettle, creamy leesy notes, almost Moscato-esque, with white flower perfume, stylish too, white peach (vs the yellow of the Extra Dry), more detail, pinpoint, a fine boules/bubbles!
…tasted again March 2019 from bottle: floral aromas of white flowers, hint of elderflower, bright, aromatic and mouth watering, with lovely texture and fine mousse. 4.5 bars.
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Extra Dry (16 grams RS) – tasted in March ’18, from 3 tanks prior to bottling (soon!); vintage 2017 frost & drought, save some drizzle at the end of the summer to alleviate the stress; blended together, largely from the Cornuda & Maser comunes, on grey & red clay soils, giving orange slice & white stone, bianco spina/blackthorn flower, nettle & lime, a bunch of spring flowers, emphatic, energetico!
…tasted again March 2019 from bottle.: bright, fragrant, and perfectly balanced. 4.5 bars.
Prosecco Asolo Superiore Dry Millesimato – none produced due to 2017 frost!
2016 Prosecco Asolo Colfòndo (secco) – tasted March ’18 from bottle (bottled in May ’17); 11% abv, secco; 10 months on fondo in bottle (May’17 to March’18), from the trickier, downy mildew-hit 2016 vintage. One must remember to gently turn the bottle over to put the lees back in suspension, enriching the wine & creating a more complex, sapid flavour spectrum! On the nose, biscotti, freshly made bread, some mandarin as well as sapid, crunchy, nettle, frizzante (less fizz) fine, more of a still wine! Complex, needs food/appetisers!
2015 Prosecco Asolo Colfòndo ‘Quindici’ (secco) – tasted from bottle in March ’18, but not due out until autumn 2018; compared to the more challenging 2016 vintage, 2015 (‘Quindici’) was a breeze! At a glance, it’s more complete, riper, cleaner, much more complex, brimming with white currant character & refinement. Very good.
…tasted again from bottle March 2019: 31 months on the lees. Colfondo is made every year, and in a good year (like 2015!) some is kept back for the Colfondo millesimato. To be available with crown cap from 2021. About 15000bts left. Bone dry, deliciously complex and quaffable, lemon shortbread, white peach and orange blossom, so refreshing. 2.5 bars.
2010 Prosecco Asolo Colfòndo – a fascinating treat to be offered an eight year old Asolo Colfondo frizzante; much more savoury now, more fieno/hay, yet the fruit is strangely candied, citrus pith, licorizia, sapidity…
2016 Prosecco Asolo Superiore ‘Vecchie Uve’ (secco) – an anteprima/sneak preview, tasted from tank in March ’18, where it will remain on its lees until 2019. A 2016 vintage blend of ancient Asolo Prosecco varieties Glera, Perera, Bianchetta, Boschera, Rabbiosa, Marzemina Bianca, harvested from their vineyards in the villages of Monfumo, Maser & Cornuda. Slightly more intense in colour, it brims with fieno/hay complexity, essential oils, straw, ‘prato di montagne’, tiglio/lime flower & Artemisia (floral)complexity. Fantastico, rich with complexity & sapidity (0RS)
… tasted again in March 2019, prior to release in Summer 2019: 1 yr on lees in tank, and 3 months in bottle before release. Sapid and precise, with citrus and lime flower, aromatic on the nose and then structured and complex on the palate, with very gentle tannins, and a long finish. Very elegant and intriguing. Extremely fine example of Prosecco! 4.5 bars.