Barbolini Lambrusco Seco

Barbolini, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Lancillotto, Frizzante, Secco nv There’s a delightful fresh grapy character in the nose. In the mouth there is lively black fruit and a sense of the skins, the tannin showing itself. Serve this along side pasta with a tomato sauce and grilled sausages – yes.

The Barbolini family bought the vineyards in 1966 along the Giardini road that climbs up from Modena toward the mountain pass at Abetone. White earth soils, Grasparossa is a Lambrusco clone; style is typically dry to off-dry while the Lambrusco Reggiano made from 2 other clones is typically amabile or slightly sweet. The grapes are estate grown, and fermented into a dry red base wine; three or four times a year batches of the base wine are re-fermented in pressurized tanks to add sparkle. Bot in Casinalbo di Formigine in MO 11.5% purchased for $14.99 at Traverso’s

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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