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Donelli Lambrusco NV

Donelli Lambrusco NV
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/ 750ml

Appropriately named Grasparossa, meaning “red stalk,” the stalk and leaves turn red in the fall just before harvest on this strain of Lambrusco. Cultivated in the 18-hectare Il Fagiano vineyard located in the town of Castelvetro near the city of Modena, the vines average in age of about 20 years. Fruity aromas of tart red cherries mingle with notes of savory spices. On the palate, penetrating semi-sweet berry flavors come through with precision. The pure fruit and lively acidity is balanced perfectly by clean tannins on the finish. This slightly sweet bubbly pairs well with lighter fare, from salads and cold pastas, to fruits and desserts.

Wine Specs
Non Vintage
7.5 grams/liter
Residual Sugar
35.0 grams/liter
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fine and persistent foam with violet hues, this wine is rich ruby red in color with garnet reflections, particularly along the rim. Fruity aromas of red berries intermingle with spicy notes. On the palate, pleasantly semi-sweet fruit flavors come through. It is nicely balanced by light tannins.
Production Notes
Hand-harvested in late September with careful selection taking place directly in the vineyard. Produced using the Charmat method, the grapes are pressed then vinified on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 20 days at 15-18°C. A secondary natural fermentation takes place in a pressurized tank during which time it slowly develops fine bubbles.
Food Pairing Notes
Serve well-chilled as an aperitif with typical fare from the the Emilia-Romagna region including cured fatty charcuterie like mortadella. Also excellent with meat tortellini.