Lambrusco, a bubbly, slightly sweet red wine is served well-chilled, and so is a godsend in the summer, when simpler fare, especially grilled or cured meats, call for a similarly light-hearted wine. Lambrusco makes an exceptional, if unexpected, match with fiery hot-and-spicy dishes because its bubbly nature and slight sweetness make it work more like beer than wine to quench the flames.
Vinification: The grapes, harvested between September and October are removed from the stalks and are traditionally vinified on their skins at a controlled temperature. The second fermentation takes place using the Charmat method in pressure tanks with the base wine and fresh must and with the aid of selected yeasts.
The froth is evanescent with a violet color and continuous perlage. Its color is a brilliant ruby red color, the perfume is fruity with flowery notes and the taste is sweet and harmonious.
Winemaker: Sandro Cavicchioli
Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
Ttl Acidity: 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar: 50g/l
Sizes Available: 750ml, 1.5L
Varietals: 34% Lambrusco di Sorbara, 33% Lambrusco di Grasparossa, 33% Lambrusco di Salamino
Yahoo!Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Best Under $12 Bottles Of Wine To Bring To Thanksgiving, According To Experts -- "When choosing a wine for Thanksgiving, I keep in mind that I am working with a variety of palettes. This Lambrusco is a fun crowd pleaser and works with everything from roasted turkey to country ham. Its effervescence, lower ABV, and slightly sweet characteristics make it my first choice for a refreshing bottle to sip during a long day of cooking and merriment." — Lindsey Ofcacek, wine director at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Alison Napjus Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
"A bright and tangy Lambrusco, balanced and easy-drinking, with wild berry and cherry fruit, accented by notes of underbrush and smoke. Spiced finish."
Beverage MediaAuthor: Jeff Siegel Date: Monday, December 2, 2013
"The family has roots in Modena dating back a century, but started bottling under their name in 1928. In nifty retro-chic packages, the Cavicchioli 1928 Lambrusco and sparkling Malvasia are winners inside and out- and smartly priced."
Score: 87 Points
International Wine CellarAuthor: Ian D'Agata Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
"Medium-deep ruby. Aromas of maraschino cherry, plum syrup and licorice. A supple, relatively sweet, fruit-driven style of lambrusco with moderate intensity and grip to its cherry and dark plum flavors. In a soft style, finishing with light tannins and only average length and concentration. I am a huge fan of Cavicchioli, but I think they can do much better than this."
The Wine BuzzAuthor: Unlisted Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"Deep amethyst color and boysenberry, black currant aroma; sweet blueberry flavor, clean and fizzy. A great value."
Grade: Recommended Bubbles
A Good Time with Wine (agoodtimewithwine.comAuthor: Matthew Horbund Date: Monday, November 5, 2012
"Think of this as a perfect backyard sipper. It’s meant to be served chilled, and it’s semi-sweet palate of black cherry and cola will pair well with an antipasta dish, some appetizers, and some desserts. This may actually be the red wine for your chocolate pairing needs."
Score: 87 Points
WineCentricAuthor: Unlisted Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"The acidity and sugar here are nicely balanced making this one of the better offerings in this category. The Cavicchioli family has been bottling wine their name since 1928. This bottle is a well-crafted wine that is part of an Italian tradition. Dark purple-red color with a tremendous amount of carbonation which creates a zippy head on top of the pour. There is a yeasty-must and floral nose with sweet red berries upfront and black fruit on the finish."
Reflections on WineAuthor: Tom Hyland Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
"how about some summer reds? Yes, you read that right - summer reds! I tried two examples of Lambrusco Dolce this past week and enjoyed both of them very much. Lambrusco from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has been making a bit of a comeback lately, as there are numerous producers that take a lot of care in producing this lightly sparkling (frizzante) red.
The first was from the noted producer Cavicchioli. Their Lambrusco Dolce, fitted with a screw cap, is a delight - highlighted by black raspberry and cranberry aromas and flavors. Lightly sparkling with a delicate sweetness, this is cleanly- made, quite tasty and very delicate, as the alcohol is only 7.5%. At a suggested retail price of only $7.99, it's hard to go wrong with a glass of this on a hot summer night."
Grade: Red, Fizzy, Sweet and Tasty!
Score: 88 Points
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Alison Napjus Date: Monday, June 18, 2012
"This well-balanced red features lovely layers of juicy ripe black cherry and black currant fruit, with balsamic, fragrant herb and graphite accents. Subtle, smoke-tinged finish."
The Black Dress TravelerAuthor: Wanda Mann Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
"Red is the color of passion, so this ruby hued Lambrusco is a perfect pick for Valentine's Day. Meant to be served well-chilled, Cavicchioli Lambrusco is lightly sparkling, sweet, and juicy."
GastroTraveling.comAuthor: Steve Mirsky Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
"A playful bubbly red. As expected, the best pairing with the Noel Chocolate Truffles and other desserts. Sweepingly biting on the uptake briefly revealing character traits of a darker red before fizzing into a light cherry on the palate. A delightfully lighthearted red…perfect for celebrating a fling…or the alacrity of a longstanding romance."
The Today ShowAuthor: Edward Deitch Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
"try a lightly sparkling red wine such as Cavicchioli’s Lambrusco Dolce from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Dolce means sweet, but this is actually a semi-sweet wine with a relatively dry finish. Made from a blend of sorbara, grasparossa and salamino grapes, it’s festive and easy to drink – alcohol is only 7.5 percent – with tastes that suggest black cherry and blackberry. It’s a refreshing companion to chocolate of all kinds and comes with a bargain price of just $8."
Grade: Sparkling sips to pair with chocolate
Chicago TribuneAuthor: Unlisted Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
"Not your mother's Lambrusco, but as good a price; savory and juicy, slightly sweet, with tastes of sour cherry and black currant,with a bit of fizz for palate-clean-up chores."