2014 I Calanchi Monte delle Vigne
|Origin||Italy, Emilia Romagna|
In comparison with the Classico this has more sinew and is a little firmer fruited. A more direct line of less juicy fruit. This is all round a more serious, cerebral style from Signor Ferrari. It is the purity and the lovely line of minerality that give a particular sense of structure here - a deep and intense dark fruit underlies this but there is a savoury edge too a hint of coffee grains and some blueberry and mulberry undertones. All of this is gently highlighted by the relatively low level of residual sugar at just 7g/l. Fascinating and more brooding, this is serious stuff! L&S (Mar 2016)
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Anyone who has spent time in Bologna very likely has a soft spot for the local sparkling red: lambrusco. This one is very dry like a good But champagne with clean lines, energy, and flavours of cherries and dust. Magnificent slightly chilled. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Jun 2017)
A more serious style of sparkling red from the impressive Monte delle Vigne, a wine that has a lovely streak of pure dark cherry fruit, refined, supple tannins and a dark, subtly bitter chocolate quality, all finishing beautifully clean, fresh and dry. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
This is a top-quality lambrusco that’s miles away from the sickly stuff that used to parade under the name in the past. Complex and intense fruit flavours with an edge of minerality help to place this in the premier league. Not just a drink, it’s an education, too. John Clarke (Feb 2017)
We're seeing a revival in Lambrusco and this example is a long way from the bland, sweet wines of the past. This dry, serious example opens up to intense dark fruit and savoury aromas, while the palate is full of pure, deep and complex red cherry and blackberry notes. While the tannins are firm, it has amazing length and depth. Only 5,000 bottles made. Rating: 92 Christelle Guibert, Decanter (Sep 2016)
Monte delle Vigne
Having started out in 1983 with a small farm of 15 hectares (just 7 hectares under vine), Andrea Ferrari produced his first wine, Nabucco, in 1992. This placed the winery on the map as it was the first still red wine produced in the Parma region, which until this point had only ever produced sparkling wine. Since 2012 the vineyard has been farmed entirely organically and they are now making a small range of fantastic sparkling wines too, as befits the area - Monte delle Vigne has come of age!
Over the years, the winery has grown in size, notably in 2004 when they combined forces with neighbour and Parmesan entrepreneur, Paolo Pizzarotti whose collaboration has added more vines and much energy to the project.
Located just south-west of Parma at 300m altitude, in the hills which lead from the Po Valley to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the vineyard is beautifully situated. Laid out strategically with white varieties facing east and the reds facing west to ensure perfect ripening. It is well placed to benefit from a large diurnal difference in temperature with cool air rushing down from the Apennines higher peaks which reach over a 1000m. This allows the grapes to develop elegance, aromatic refinement, complexity and lengthens the ‘hang-time’ for the bunches on the vines.
Respecting nature is a key to what they do here. At the heart of the property there is a new, perfectly integrated underground winery, that allows gravitational pressing. It has been designed to achieve the highest quality results from what nature offers. The aim is to combine tradition with innovation and they are making some sublime wines - we are delighted to add two Lambruschi to our list.
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