Lambrusco di Sorbara, Secco, Cantina di Sorbara

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Cantina di Capi e Sorbara

Region: Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Appellation: Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC (=DOP)

Type: Sparkling red wine, Tank Method (Charmat-Martinotti Method)

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: min. 60% Lambrusco di Sorbara, max. 40% Lambrusco Salamino

Blend: N/A (Millesimato)

Winemaking details: Not communicated

Aging: N/A ( Tank Method)

Sugar level: Not C0mmunicated

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Ruby
  • Intensity = Pale

NOSE

  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary
  • Aromas = cranberry, cherry, strawberry, forest fruits, balsamic touch

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Off Dry (> 6 g / Litre)
  • Acidity = High
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Low
  • Body = Light
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium+
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary
  • Flavour details = cranberry, cherry, strawberry, forest fruits, balsamic touch
  • Other = very well integrated bubbles, light fizz
  • Finish = Medium+

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 3 years
    • Will not gain complexity from aging
  • Retail Price = 25 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = at the right price
  • Comparison with same price competition = good expression of a Lambrusco di Sorbara
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not suitable (not communicated but generally above 10g / liter)
  • Service Temperature = around 8°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = creamy pastas (Carbonara), seafood (shrimp), Emilia-Romagna local cheeses. The bubbles and high acidity will help to cut the fat of cream rich plates
  • Comments = this wine offers a good expression of a Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC (not to be confused with cheap & industrial Lambrusco). It is very fruity (mainly cherry) with no secondary aromas and a lighter body than Lambrusco Salamino DOC and Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC. This Lambrusco di Sorbara can be considered a classic example of a traditional Lambrusco (this DOC is the most renowned of the 3)
  • Final Grade = B+

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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