Genuine Lambrusco is a sheer delight and should be taken very seriously! This little gem has bags of ripe, soft, dark fruit and a lush mouthfeel impart created by the 15 grams or so residual sugar making it off dry. It does also have a lovely savoury dryness to the finish which makes it great with food and of course the light frothiness makes it very moreish! Lambrusco has had something of a bad rep for a while but this is proof that it can be taken seriously.
Notes on the producer
Alberto Paltrinieri and his wife Barbara are the 4th generation of the Paltrinieri family to run the winery. Begun in 1926 by Alberto’s grandfather Achille, the winery for generations has been the benchmark for quality Lambrusco. In 1989 Alberto took over the winery and guided Paltrinieri to the very top of the artisanal Lambrusco market by creating the first mono-varietal Sorbara Lambrusco.
The scant 20,000 bottle production all comes from the 17ha of Paltrinieri vineyards situated between the rivers Secchia and Panaro, a family holding for nearly a century. Farming and production techniques are organic and all fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts with the exception of the Radice, whose second fermentation takes place in the bottle.