Terroir: This 100% Lambrusco di Sorbara is sourced born from a 12.5 acre vineyard in the “Cristo” locality of Sorbara, the original vineyard owned by Cavicchioli family. Sorbara is a naturally low yielding grape variety which flowers with great difficulty and the vine is often sterile. For this reason it is planted in the vineyard in alternating rows with the more vigorous Salamino (which makes a wine that is similar in color and body to Sorbara) to aid fertilization and growth. Therefore up to 40% of Salamino is allowed in the Sorbara D.O.C.
Vinification: In this rare bottling only Sorbara fruit is included. Hand-harvested fruit is de-stemmed and crushed and the must and skins are transferred to a temperature–controlled stainless steel tank where they are left to macerate at 45-55°F for 3-5 days. Only 50% of the free-run juice (the “flower”) then undergoes a secondary fermentation in autoclave at 55-60°F to achieve effervescence.
Pair with Charcuterie, pasta dishes with complex sauces and rich condiments, red meats and fish. Excellent with fried fish and vegetable dishes.
Light pink evanescent froth and fine and persistent perlage. The color is light red with violet hues, the perfume of flowers (violets) and red fruits is ample and intense, and the flavor is full and dry with a fruity aroma and an engaging slightly acidulous aftertaste.
The Cristo locality of Sorbara is one of the worlds most prestigious growing sites for Lambrusco, and it is where the Cavicchioli family has been producing its prized wines for more than a century. This limited-production, 100-percent Sorbarathe 2014 vintage of Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del Cristo Lambrusco di Sorbara ($18)is light red and smells of violet pastilles. Its extremely delicate on the palate, with a bit of raspberry tart flavor and a satisfying, citrusy finish. Its a lovely companion to fried fish and grilled vegetables.
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Strawberry tart, grated ginger, smoky mineral and ground anise notes ride the fine, creamy bead in this mouthwatering, ros-colored Lambrusco. Well-knit and vivacious, with a bright, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2021."
"This wine's surprising delicateness and refreshing acidity make it a perfect match [white pizza with shellfish]. It's red and it's lambrusco two things you wouldn't expect to work with this dish. But with hints of preserved lemon, tart raspberry-puckering acidity and bubbles, this wine will be a great complement."
Score: 95 PointsDecanter Author: Andrea Briccarello
"Generous concentration and explosive summer fruit cocktail notes on the nose. Very elegant on the palate with plenty of structure and a vibrant, red forest fruits finish. Incredible texture and length. Remarkable richness and luscious finish."
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