Ca’ de Noci ‘Sottobosca’ Frizzante Rosso 2011


Not for the faint of heart, this intense, earthy gem will funkafy your evening.

Estate: Passionate to cultivate indigenous varietals that were slowly disappearing in the area, Ca’ de Noci was founded by brothers Giovanni and Alberto Masini on their family’s estate near Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. The 5 hectares of vineyards are located on rocky limestone soil along the Crostolo River.

Winemaking: The vineyards are certified organic, and the brothers do not use chemicals in any process of winemaking, including sulphur and additives. Wines are left unfiltered and unfined.

Tasting Notes: Inky violet red in colour with pink bubbles, black cherry and blackberry flavours ride along a current of vivacious fizz, backed by barn door funky earth notes and a cleansing acidity that harmonises with the fruity, dry finish.

Blend of Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri and Malbo Gentile
Estate Bottled
11% Alcohol
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Only 4000 bottles produced

Podere Giardino ‘Suoli Cataldi’ Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso 2013


Estate: Since the end of the 19th century, the Crotti family have been farming Podere Giardino, located in a “small hamlet alongside the historic Via Emilia in the direction of Modena” in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. At that time the estate was headed by Donnino Crotti and was primarily for raising cows in order to produce the famed Parmigiano Reggiano cheese of the region. In 2001 his grandchildren, Paolo, Marco and Federica Crotti took over the estate from their parents and began combing family tradition along with modern technology to produce Lambrusco on a larger scale. They are devoted to organic viticulture and production methods “that respects human well-being and defends environmental biodiversity, it is a model of sustainable development aimed at protecting the environment and enhancing the quality of the soil and the resources of local communities”.

Philosophy: Carrying the family’s traditions into the future, they are committed to “the respect of the natural rhythms imposed by nature and our constant effort to recover the authentic tastes and fragrances of the products of our land: these are our values, the ones that allow us to respect the certified biological method”.

Winemaking: The estate has been certified organic since 2003, and GMO free since 2005 in regards to vine stock and feed for the Parmigiano Reggiano cows. Grapes for the Lambrusco Rosso are sourced from clay soil vineyards located near the city of Reggio Emilia, in the “Cataldi” estate”.

Tasting Notes: Dark red violet in colour with aromas of cherry, traces of balsamic and earthy funk. Morello cherry, blackberry and earth elements ride along a currant of smooth, low key bubbles that magnify the velvety texture. A cleansing acidity and dry mineral finish make this fantastic with a wide variety of dishes, especially rich ones. [It was spectacular with an array of Italian cheese, including Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Fosso and Provolone Mandarone]

30% Marani, 30% Salamino, 30% Oliva, 5% Ancellotta
Reggiano Lambrusco
Emilia Romagna
Produced by Azienda Agricola Podere Giardino, Bottled by ICQRF 2019/RE
11.5% Alcohol
$17 [average price]
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Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Rosso Viola 2012


Lively and charming this is an easygoing sparkler fantastic with simple dishes and lovely for sipping on its own.

Estate: Founded in 1998 by Luciano Saetti, the Vignetti Saetti Winery is comprised of 2.8 contiguous hectares located in the Santa Croce appellation of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. The Saetti family has been growing grapes for many generations, and practice traditional viticulture, without the use of any chemicals.

Philosophy: Crafting wine that is “capable of unleashing fragrances and flavors that evoke the time-honored traditions and display sincere flavor”.

Winemaking: The vineyards were planted in 1964, and “every effort has been made to not upset the natural organic harmony of the
vineyard”. The vineyards are farmed using organic methods without the use of any chemicals, only native yeasts are used during fermentation, and sulphur is not added.

Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in colour with aromas of black cherry and rain-washed slate. Black cherry, grape and herbaceous notes culminated in a fizzy, clean mineral finish.

Pairing: Cured Italian meats and cheeses [from the winery].

100% Lambrusco Salamino
Santa Croce / Emilia-Romagna
12% Alcohol
$19 [average price]
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Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro NV

I popped open Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro almost as an aperitif to accompany a late afternoon casual cheese and cracker plate. Founded in 1915 by Aldolfo Donelli, The Donelli Group today consists of over 110 hectares of estate owned vineyards along with 4 other estates including the Del Palio Estate and Gavioloi Wines. They focus on producing quality, value wines that can be internationally exported.

Dark red-violet in colour with the aroma of grape jam. Grape and hints of black currant joined balsalmic elements and super fine bubbles in the semi dry body. Simple, spare and decent with food, I don’t think I’d be inclined to give it a pour again, considering there are other bottles at this price point that far exceed it.

90% Lambrusco, 10% Malbo Gentile
Bottled and shipped by Donelli Vini, Gattatico
8.5% Alcohol

Cantina di Sorbara ‘Nicchia’ Lambrusco di Sorbara NV

I adore Lambrusco. Due to the bad rap it received in the 1970’s, it is vexingly difficult to locate in wine shops in the States, although the buzz is that it is on the threshold of a revival. Lambruscos are fun, fizzy, incredibly food friendly and have low alcohol levels making them super easy drinking and versatile. Cantina di Sorbara is a Cooperative founded by 19 Lambrusco grape producers who combined their individual traditions and expertise shortly after WWI in order to produce high quality Lambrusco. The ‘Nicchia’ Lambrusco is named for the Countess of Castiglione, Virginia Oldoini who was affectionately known as Nicchia. In addition to consequential political achievements such as being credited with the unification of Italy, Nicchia also contributed significantly to the arts, especially with photography and photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson.

Deep red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry and musty yeast, and tasting quite the opposite; a pleasantly acidic backbone supported jammy black cherry, blackberry and plum flavours along with a crisp finish of minerals and sweet honey. Super easy drinking [with an extremely low alcohol content], this is a fantastic glass for patio sipping or to accompany light dishes and appetizers.

Lambrusco [I could not confirm varietal percentage]
Estate Bottled by Cantina di Sorbara S.C.A.
8% Alcohol
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