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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Wine Enthusiast - 85 pts

Lambrusco is a fizzy red wine from central Italy that has the natural acidity to cut through cheese tortellini and buttery pasta dishes. This enjoyable Amabile (or slightly sweet) expression is redolent of red berries, wet earth and red beet.

M. Larner, December 2011

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

Refined, with subtle black cherry, wild strawberry, crème de cassis, spice and dried herb notes. Modest tannins on the supple finish.

A. Napjus, November 2012

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