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