Although I don’t know why, we never had Champagne in my parents’ house. And so, born from lack of knowledge, I had a strong bias against bubbly wines when I first began my own wine journey. With help from some friends, though, I was able to get past those preconceived notions. Still, it’s not like I went hog-wild with sparkling wines. To date my experience has been limited and largely with Champagne and wines in the Champagne style. Thus, when I saw this Lambrusco on the shelf, I decided it was high time for a new bubbly beverage adventure!
Winemaker: Le Grotte by Cantine Mederfil
Wine: Le Grotte Lambrusco dell’Emilia Bianco Dolce
Varietal: Lambrusco (Bianco)
Appellation: Lambrusco dell’Emilia Bianco IGT, Italy
Price: $4.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: As this was my first Lambrusco ever, I was very interested in seeing what this venerable Italian grape had in store. Since the label clearly stated that the alcohol was at 8% ABV, I knew it was going to be sweet. Yes, it was sweet. The sweetness is constant, but it isn’t cloying. Maybe that’s because it’s such a light wine. In the glass – as in the bottle – this selection is almost completely clear with just the slightest tinge of green. In keeping with it’s lack of color, this wine presents very, very light scents and flavors. Drink it quickly, and it’ll be like drinking sweet, lightly-flavored club soda (but with more gentle effervescence). On the nose I smelled floral and spice fragrances. On the tongue, however, I got sweet white peach with notes of fresh apricot and a tart finish that was like grapefruit. And there is also a tiny bit of weight to the wine (viscosity), so you know you really aren’t drinking club soda. I don’t really know what to make of this one. I could see someone using this as a light aperitif on a hot summer day. Or it could be a tad of added sweetness when paired with a fresh fruit dessert. Bottom line: it’s sweet and very light.
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