Queen of Tarts
Fiorini Corte Degli Attimi Lambrusco Di Sorbara 2015
If you know me at all, even a little, you know I love me some sparkling wine. If you know me a little better – or, you know, if you’ve read this here blog a bit – you know I love me a sparkling red. And if you’ve ever been with me while I peruse a wine list and discover a sparkling red, you’ll know my face lights up, my eyes start to tear, and maybe – just maybe – I drool a little. Because sparkling red is maybe just my favourite thing on earth. It’s that rare treat that just hits the spot almost every time and goes so well with whatever I’m doing, whether it’s eating a pizza covered in spicy salami or gorging on aged cheeses or just chatting with my friends on a hot summer’s evening (or a cold one, for that matter).
Sure, it can be weird – don’t get me started on the bottle of sparkling Shiraz I forced my family to drink to celebrate my acceptance to an MA program many moons ago – but when it’s done well, it is beautiful.
And this here Lambrusco is beautiful. It’s tart, refreshing, and unbelievably delicious with a gorgeous texture I could just luxuriate in all the livelong day.
Last summer, I wrote up another bottle of Lambrusco made from the same clone of the grape – Lambrusco Di Sorbara – and I think I might like this one even better. Maybe it’s a matter of what’s in front of me right now, maybe it’s a matter of I just love Lambrusco and we get so little of it here in Ontario that I am just so overwhelmed that I am hyperbolically exploding all over the damn place with exclamations and proclamations. Maybe it’s that this wine is so effing good, I wasn’t even going to tell you about it except I need you all to help me out with something.
I need you to buy it. We need the LCBO to sell out of it so they start seeing Lambrusco as a legitimate category and start buying more of it. Okay? Let’s do this, because honestly once you go Lambrusco you’ll wonder how you ever drank anything else. Deal?
Okay now that that’s out of the way, I can tell you a bit more about the wine. It’s from a family of Italian winemakers who have been making wine in Modena for almost 100 years. Their attention to detail and terroir, and their understanding of what makes a great wine, show up by the bucketful in this wine.
It’s so dry, it’s so pretty, it’s so rich and light and lovely. And it’s oh so drinkable. Seriously. It reminds me of my youth, of how I envisioned myself as an adult, and it makes me happy just drinking it in the here and now. It is, as I drunkenly exclaimed, a high-quality beverage.
So go out and buy it – you may have to do a little hunting – but I promise you it’ll be worth it.
Nose: Smoky, onion-skin, cranberry, raspberry, under-ripe red fruits with a twist of orange zest.
Palate: Really nice acidity, but it’s not too puckering; it’s super refreshing with a delightfully rich, soft mousse that ties the whole thing in a pretty bubbly bow. It almost reminds me of a cosmopolitan or vodka cranberry with a twist – not that it at all tastes alcoholic (it’s around 11% so it’s pretty light) – it’s just got that tart red flavour profile that’s so fresh and delightful. The finish is also pretty long, so go ahead and sip it between bites of whatever it is you’re eating. It’s like a summery day, sitting outside having a drink and a gab with your pals while eating fresh farmer’s market berries and reminiscing about all those vodka cranberries you drank in first year.