Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile DOC

Donelli

VARIETALS

90% Lambrusco Grasparossa

10% Malbo Gentile

APPELLATION

Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 

Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile DOC

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.

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Ultimate Wine Challenge - 90 pts

This easy drinking sparkling red shows a nose of brambly black fruit, dried violets, cured meat, and maraschino cherry. A slight sweetness complements the spicy fruit deftly and the light effervescence makes this a food-pairing ace.

June 2019

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Balanced and refined, with a subtle blend of ripe black cherry, wild strawberry, crème de cassis, spice and dried herb notes. Fresh and juicy, featuring modest tannins on the supple finish. Drink now through 2015.

A. Napjus, Web Only 2011