A Third, but Not Final, Lambrusco Exploration: Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Vigneto Cialdini 2017 #ItalianFWT
I located three bottles ahead of the event: Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile, Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena 2018, and Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Vigneto Cialdini 2017. We tried them in that order.
I paired the Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile with a Torta Barozzi and you can read my post that it didn't change my opinion of Lambrusco. If I had stopped there, I would have missed out on the Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena 2018 which I paired with Warmed Brie with Mulberry Chutney. That post will go live tomorrow afternoon.
The third bottle - Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Vigneto Cialdini 2017 - completely blew us away.
At first, I was hesitant. Just look at that bubblegum colored froth in my pour! I was expecting cotton candy. How wrong I was.
Jake's pour revealed a bright, clear ruby that almost glowed red. We found this Lambrusco bone dry with intense, but not overpowering, aromas. On the tongue there was an intriguing mix of tart fruit with a spicy earthiness. Wow. I am now a Lambrusco convert.
This third bottle will certainly not be our last Lambrusco. I can't wait to read about the other #ItalianFWT experiences and, perhaps, get a list of wines to track down.
I paired this with grilled venison medallion, simply seasoned with salt and pepper, and a green salad with pears, dried cherries, and gorgonzola in a light vinaigrette dressing. Cin cin.