One of the best bottles of prosecco that I have ever tasted was a bottle of 2006 Nino Franco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Primo Franco. It was given to me as a gift and what set it apart (besides its terrific taste) was that it was a vintage prosecco. Most proseccos you see in stores are non-vintage, that is they are made up of a blend of grapes from different harvest years.
I have never seen the Primo for sale in the Frederick area, so I had to pick up a bottle of their second tier prosecco, Nino Franco Rustico, when I saw it in the store. At $17.99 its on the upper end of prosecco, so it lacked prosecco most endearing charm to me: its cheapness. All in all it was a very nice prosecco. All the lightness and acidity you’d expect from a prosecco, yet fairly complex (for prosecco) on the palate. Flavors of lemon peel, pear and some green apple. I rate it an 89.
If I keep this up I’ll have to rename this the prosecco blog.