|Italy, Emilia Romagna
This fabulously inviting, sparkling red bursts all the myths about Lambrusco by being dry and joyously drinkable. Grown organically on clay and limestone soils the results are fantastic. Fresh bright black cherry, blackberry fruit, some attractive fermentary notes, mouthfeel is ripe and fresh, nice depth of dark cherry and plum, blackberry fruit, decent grip and fresh acidity. 100% Lambrusco Maestri. L&S (Apr 2019)
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Authentic lambrusco, brightly fruity with a gentle sparkle, garnet-hued and with the fresh scent and flavour of elderberries and sour cherry drops. Chill lightly to match with charcuterie.Susy Atkins, The Telegraph (Mar 2019)
There is little better as an accompaniment to dry-cured meats and chunks of aged Parmigiano than a typical Emilia Romagna Lambrusco. Fresh black cherry and blackberry fruits mingle on the palate with brisk acidity and a gentle fizz. The acidity cuts through the richness of the meats and cheese. A fine example made from 100% Lambvrusco Maestri. Drinking range: 2021 - 2022 Rating: 90 Andy Howard MW, Decanter (Jan 2021)
Quite deep, vibrant ruby. Gentle spritz. Bitter almond, black cherry and mulberry, and some leafy notes. Delicate spritz. Lots of mulberry fruit and subtle dried herb complexity. Decent length and easy, with relatively delicate tannins. Crisp and dry, with just a roundness from the 10 g/l sugar. Tim Jackson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Apr 2020)
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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