Emilio, "Nessun Dorma" Lambrusco MV
Question: What do you do when it's hot outside and want something to go with those grilled sausages or pizza, but don't want to drink a red wine in the sun?
Answer: Red sparkling wine – Lambrusco, that is! Lambrusco is both a grape name and a style of wine from the pastoral hills of Emilia-Romagna, the picturesque region of Italy with a rich and celebrated history of fine cuisine.
Produced from the indigenous Lambrusco Grasparossa varietal and a touch (5%) of Lambrusco Salomino, it's a vivid crimson in the glass, with a beautiful effervescence and nose full of red forest berries, hibiscus, blood orange, and violets. Just gorgeous stuff! Back in the day the notoriously cheap stuff was wickedly sweet, but this Lambrusco finishes as dry as a non-bubbly red wine would be, with beautiful tannin structure and deeply-flavored red plum and dark cherry character, with a whisper of tannin that sweeps across the palate; bright acidity and a clean finish make this a red wine-lover’s dream in a sparkling wine format.
"Emilio" is a project founded by family winemaker Mattia Montinari, and the name is a homage to the ancient Roman highway "Via Emilia." Each cuvée carries the name of a famous Italian aria; in this case Modena's own Luciano Pavarotti, and his stirring "Nessun Dorma" aria from Puccini's "Turandot." The farming is Certified Organic and all processes are carried out with the utmost care and regard for sustainability.
From Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamico from Modena, to Prosciutto di Parma and a wealth of wines, Emilia-Romagna is a gastronomic paradise. As Eric Asimov of the New York Times writes, "Good Lambrusco is joyous and delicious, and it goes wonderfully with salumi, pork dishes, rich pastas and pizzas."
This Lambrusco is joyous indeed, and just the thing for warm-weather fun!
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