Barbolini "Lancillotto" Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro

SKU #1004195 Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* Real Lambrusco is a rarity in this country, but here it is, purple hued, with just enough fizz to help cut through the fattiness of fine salume. Itís grapy and dry, with hints of anise and herbs that prevent it from being too simple.  (12/ 2003)

K&L Notes

Lambrusco is not part of the upper echelon of Italian wine. To begin with, it is not expensive. Also, it doesn't come from Tuscany or Piedmont or any of the well know wine-producing regions of Italy. It comes from Emilia-Romagna. And then there's the fact that it's red and sparking. Actually, foaming is closer to the truth. When you open a bottle of this 'boutique' Lambrusuco (Frasparossa is the particular type of the Lambrusco grape, and Castelvetro is the region from which it hails), it really does foam in your glass, a big purple expanse of bubbles. But then it settles down a bit and, in the presence of a big plate of pasta with meat sauce (Bolognese) or a pizza or even a ham and cheese sandwich, it can even become a little elegant, but mostly it's just plain delicious. The grapes are estate grown, and fermented into a dry red base wine; three or four times a year batches of the base wine are re-fermented in pressurized tanks to add sparkle. The wine is bottled in a Champagne-style bottle with a traditional sparkling wine cork. A wine to be drunk, not talked about.

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By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2010  | Send Email
and now for something completely different. This is my favorite red wine for warm weather, (think Indian summer). The purple froth on this is really amazing to watch rise in your glass. A little more intense perfume on the nose and the palate has lots of spice, black cherries, red currants and a hint of dustiness to add to its complexity. Give this a good chill and pop the cork and pour yourself a big glass.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2009  | Send Email
I am a big fan of dry Lambruscos because they are fun, go with almost any type of food and are a pleasure to drink alone. The Barbolini is dry and medium- to full-bodied, with dark fruit and earthy flavors and a light fizziness that adds excitement to the glass. I had it with pizza and it was fantastic.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/20/2009  | Send Email
This is sparkling wine with acidity and tannin! A combination of refreshing bubbles with that classic robust and earthy Italian style. Bone dry and not overtly fruity, this wine is as interesting as it is delicious. Made entirely of Grasparossa from Emilia-Romagna, and it's a dynamite match for almost anything from pizza to pasta and beyond.

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Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Emilia Romagna

Alcohol Content (%): 11.5