The Wine of the Week
by Annette Tomei
NV Rinaldini Vecchio Moro Lambrusco, Lambrusco dell’Emilia IGT, Italy
Rinaldini Lambrusco is made by Paola Rinaldini; she is the daughter of founder Rinaldo who started this small family business in the 1960s. Their property is home to some of the most ancient species of Lambrusco vines in the world, the PJCOL Ross variety, which Rinaldo carefully tended from near extinction.
This wine, the “Vecchio Moro”, was originally crafted to honor the 100th birthday of Rinaldo’s father, nicknamed Moro (Vecchio Moro translates to Old Moro). It consists, primarily, of the Lambrusco Grasparossa grape. (edited by author Aug 29, 2013 at 9:35 am EST)
At only 12% ABV, and nearly bone dry, this wine is absolutely food-friendly – able to pair with a wide variety of styles and cuisines. Aromas of peppery black berries, leather and black currants with a subtle, sultry muskiness drift from the inky purple frizzante wine – just enough bubbles to tingle the palate. For such low alcohol content, there is a substantial mouthfeel with round ripe tannins. Flavors of tart black plums and berries are balanced with those of earthy dark soil, and stony dryness. Pairings range from classic Prosciutto di Parma, to wild mushroom pasta or risotto, or even rich earthy Indian dishes.
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