Bellissima’s line of sparkling wines was launched to the US market by American model and actress Christie Brinkley in 2016 and has since become one of the most popular Prosecco wines, if not one of the most searched-for sparkling wine in the country.
About Bellissima Zero Sugar ‘Prosecco’
The ‘Zero Sugar’ reviewed here is the driest sparkling wine in the Bellissima range, a no-added-sugar bubbly (you could call it zero-desage or non-dosé) meant to be the crispiest, perhaps the lowest in calories too!
That said, Bellissima Zero Sugar, just like Prosecco, is made 100% from the Glera grapes sourced from the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is also an organic wine.
Not very sure why this bubbly does not come under the Prosecco DOC, but all in all, you can consider it being of very similar quality as an officially classified Prosecco since it’s made from the same grape in the same region. There must simply be a slight technical difference.
Before we get to reviewing the wine, let’s have a quick look at the Bellissima brand.
“I’ve always been a big Champagne girl. My mom always drank Champagne“
With this winemaking venture, Brinkley joined the list of female personalities selling so-called celebrity wines, like Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Fergie or Drew Barrymore have done before her, none with Prosecco so far though!
The name Bellissima is Italian for ‘most beautiful’, and the packaging features one of the most famous representation of Venus, the goddess of beauty, a reinterpretation of the famous painting The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.
How Good is Bellissima Zero Sugar sparkling wine?
This Organic Glera wine comes in a slightly pale but shiny lemon-yellow color, looking elegant.
The nose is vibrant and lively, although a little shy, but smelling mineral and crisp with notes of lime, some zesty lemon and hints of floral characters. Not very telling to smell at, but intriguing!
The palate however, is much more talkative. Indeed, being a Zero Sugar wine, it is dry, and crispy as well featuring a mineral acidity. Yet, it is also well rounded by an oily-enough texture to make it taste perfectly balanced, on the zesty and refreshing side of things, which is exactly what we expect. Boxed ticked!
What’s less expected, and positively surprising, is the salty minerality that comes through to the palate. There is so little sugar, well none in principle, that you can taste the delicate phenolics in the wine, tiny little biting molecule that tickle your palate enjoyably, and give an iodine salty feel to the wine. This rare feature (I’ve rarely tasted it like this in a wine, so clearly and precisely), in complement with the lively acidity and floral/citrus flavors, make for a very unique tasting sensation.
A very enjoyable sparkling wine, zingy, with somewhat of a disarming simplicity. It’s straight forward and linear, delivering all about subtle fruit and floral character, yet providing an incredible wealth of refreshing enjoyment!
I wouldn’t have thought I would say that, but honestly? This is a wine to experience! I’m actually amazed at such good job winemakers have done with this wine, to make it taste so fresh and true to the grapes, yet perfectly balanced and hitting the point. Well done 😊