Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Red, Fizzy, Sweet and Tasty!

This is the time of year when the obligatory "summer white wines" post appears on so many blogs. I'm in Chicago, where we've really been blasted over the past ten days with oppressive heat, so summer whites have definitely been part of my routine as of late; I'll post on a few of these wines very soon.

But first, 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.

(Imported by Frederick Wildman, New York City)

Another excellent example of Lambrusco Dolce is from Medici Ermete. This version is drier than the Cavicchioli and has a touch more alcohol (8.5%). This one will probably surprise you with its complexities, from the Queen Anne cherry, black raspberry aromas and flavors to the rich finish with notes of cocoa powder and nutmeg in the finish. I'd love to try this with pizza on a hot summer night! While both of these wines are for immediate drinking, the Medici Ermete will probably be fine in another year or so. It's a lovely wine, especially priced at $11.

(Imported by Domaine Select Wine Estates, New York City)

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