It’s not every day that one of the leading wine writers in Italy names one of your wines “the best” of the year in one of Italy’s top wine guides.
So you can imagine how thrilled we were to learn that Daniele Cernilli, who has been writing about Italian wine for more than 30 years, called our “In Correggio” Metodo Classico Rosso “the best Lambrusco of the year” and gave it a whopping score of 95 out of 100 points.
It was only natural that we would post the news on our social media.
But we couldn’t believe our eyes yesterday when Daniele — aka Doctor Wine — posted the following note on our Facebook:
“It’s not only the best Lambrusco of the year, it’s one of the best ever.”
We are truly humbled by his words.
The “In Correggio” Lambrusco Rosso Metodo Classico is made using the “traditional method” of sparkling wine production (otherwise known as the Champagne method).
100 percent Salamino grapes are first made into a base wine. A second fermentation is then provoked and the wine is sealed and stored at a 45° angle in racks like the one above in the photo (in our wine cellar). There the wine then ages “on its lees” (the lees are yeast cells that become solids after fermentation is complete). Every week, we gently turn the bottles by hand (yes, exclusively by hand) until the aging process is complete. When the wine is ready, it is disgorged of its sediment and bottled.
Most Lambrusco producers make their wines in large pressurized vats, no turning of the bottle required. We make our Labrusca line like that as well. But for this 100 percent Lambrusco Salamino, we take extra special care to make sure that it’s one of the greatest expressions of Emilian viticulture. We believe that this meticulous and time-consuming process is what makes the wine stand out.
It’s so nice to know that someone like Daniele Cernilli noticed!
Thank you, Daniele! You are a scholar and a gentleman!
We were thrilled to learn that Daniele Cernilli (above), one of the world’s preeminent Italian wine writers, has named our 2006 Lambrusco In Correggio Rosso “the best Lambrusco of the year” in his forthcoming Doctor Wine Guide to the wines of Italy.
He awarded the wine a whopping 95 points!
We couldn’t be more pleased.
Many of you will remember Daniele as one of the founding editors of the Gambero Rosso guide.
In recent years, he’s devoted his time to his own project, Doctor Wine, a bi-lingual online tasting note portal where he and his editors also profile leading Italian wineries and wines (the site has a ton of great English-language content, btw).
Thank you, Daniele, and thank you, Doctor Wine!
The new guide will be presented next month in Milan at a gala event. Lini will be there… with bells on!
Over the years, many top wine publications have published glowing reviews and high scores for Lini Lambrusco.
As part of our mission here at the Lini Lambrusco USA blog, we are creating an archive of all of the English-language accolades for our wines.
Back in 2015, the prestigious masthead Decanter awarded our Lambrusco Scuro a whopping 90 points.
Here are their editors’ tasting notes:
Lini NV Lambrusco In Correggio Lambrusco Scuro
This once unfashionable red fizz is making a comeback. Your preconceptions may be that it’s a sweet, simple wine, but this is a dry, complex style packed with black cherries and red currants. Refreshing on the palate with vibrant crunchy black fruit acidity, it will go well with rich Italian food.
Alicia recently sat down with Daniele Cernilli, one of the world’s great Italian wine experts and critics, founder and longtime editor of the Gambero Rosso guide to Italian wines and now editor of an immensely popular online wine portal, Doctor Wine (which, btw, publishes a lot of English-language content).
We’re looking forward to hearing the doctor’s notes on Lini’s current releases.
In the meantime, here’s a link to a profile of Lini published by the site two years ago.
“The line of wines produced is quite formidable and perhaps unique,” wrote the editors. “Choosing one to describe was quite a challenge because they are all excellent, some the absolute best in their category. This is a great winery that produces great wines, one that has discovered the secret of making great a wine that was born to be a table wine. The reputation of their great wines is now international.”
We were thrilled to learn that Lini’s rosé has been awarded the “Corona” (“Crown”) prize by the editors of the 2019 Vini Buoni d’Italia (“Good Wines from Italy”) guide, the publication’s top honor.
Click here for the complete list of winners. (It’s not bad company to keep!)
The Vini Buoni d’Italia guide is devoted exclusively to Italy’s native grape varieties and native wines. We couldn’t be more pleased to be among the winners of this year’s prestigious prize.
All of the winners will be presented at this year’s Merano Wine Festival, November 9-13.
We hope to see you there!
“Taste Test Winners: Italian Value Wines”
by Ray Isle
executive wine editor
Food & Wine
Back in 2013, Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle sat down with New York restaurant legend and wine expert Joe Bastianich to taste “12 Great Italian Value Wines.” Lini was Ray’s pick for sparkling. Here’s what he had to say about the wine:
Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso
A brisk sparkling red from one of the best traditional Lambrusco houses.
I love the way Lambrusco combines the effervescence of a sparkling wine with the body and flavor of a red wine, making it a fantastic partner for food.
“In Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, often called the ‘culinary capital of Italy,'” said Oregon-based Italian expert Bruce Bauer in an interview with Imbibe magazine late last year, “they know a thing or two about food and wine… This region is where the finest Lambrusco comes from and a place where they drink gallons of it.”
Bruce, Italian buyer for VINO in Portland, recommended the “rare” Lambrusco Bianco by Lini for the piece:
Since 1910, the Lini family has turned out first-rate Lambrusco from their vineyards in Corregio. Bauer recommends their rare and fabulously bright Lambrusco Bianco Lambrusca Lini 910, produced without contact with the skins during fermentation. Charlie Broder also serves Lini’s Lambrusco at Terzo (in Minneapolis), noting, “Lini 910 has been making clean and pretty Lambrusco that showcase the true potential of the Lambrusco region which has quite the bastardized reputation.”
“Forget Lambrusco and discover ‘the Lambrusco,'” writes Alberto Lupetti, Italy’s leading authority on Champagne, “because this was likely the original Lambrusco.”
Lini 2005 Lambrusco Metodo Classico
If you’re expecting a classic Lambrusco, the nose of this wine will surprise you from the get-go. But in a positive way: You’ll raise an eyebrow as you experience an “ah-ha” moment. The wine is fresh and vibrant, with vivacious floral notes and a hint of citrus when you first taste it. Next come spice and medicinal herbs, roots, underbrush, and then finally the fruit appears: Small wild berries, more dry than sweet. Only as the nose begins to open up do you get the darker and more vinous notes. But the wine remains elegant and fresh all the while, with a faint hint of toast and umami aromas. You can’t help but be reminded of Pinot Noir in this wine… On the palate, the wine is fresh and silky (Fabio Lini’s decision not to allow for malolactic fermentation to take place makes for a winner: Chapeau, Fabio Lini!). The wine pivots between rhubarb and chinotto as its vinous character begins to open up and the acidity and complexity begin to emerge. The finish is clean and cleansing, with just a touch of delicate minerality and citrus…
Alberto Lupetti is the editor of Grandi Champagne, now in its fourth edition, Italy’s authoritative guide to the wines of Champagne.
Above: The Gran Guardia Palace in downtown Verona were the Wine Spectator Top 100 Italian Wines are presented each year during the Opera Wine preview event at Vinitaly.
It seems like yesterday that the letter arrived: we are pleased to inform you…
We couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn that Lini had been included in the 2016 Opera Wine TOP 100 Wines selected by the editors of Wine Spectator.
And as if being one of Italy top 100 wines, along with some of the greatest wine-producing estates in the country, Sting’s winery Il Palagio was also included and he even performed at the awards ceremony!
Click here for a complete list of Wine Spectator TOP 100 wines for 2016.
Image by freakydesignz’ Flickr (Creative Commons).
We are thrilled share the video below, produced by Grape Collective, one of the leading wine blogs in the U.S.
The interview was conducted by Grape Collective founder and editor-in-chief, Christopher Barnes, one of our favorite American wine writers.
Over the course of their conversation, Christopher asks Alicia to talk about Lambrusco’s “complicated” nature and history.
“Lambrusco is a very simple wine that comes from a very complicated story,” she tells him. “Because in the past, it’s been destroyed, the name and the fame, because it’s been produced in a very quick way. You can produce, obtain a sparkling Lambrusco in three days, in a week, but our entry level products will stay in the big tank for at least three months. So between a week and three months, there is a world of difference.”
Click the video below for the complete interview or click here for the transcription.