Medici Ermete, Reggiano Lambrusco DOC (Emilia Romagna, Italy) “i Quercioli” NV

($12, Kobrand Wine & Spirits):   Lambrusco is making a dramatic comeback, judging from restaurants in New York City and elsewhere.  Diligence and persistence by producers such as Medici Ermete has shown the world the joys of Lambrusco.  An equal blend of Lambrusco Marani and Lambrusco Salamino, i Quercioli is a faintly fizzy, dark, almost purple, red wine with a delicate sweetness and gripping acidity.  Lambrusco Marani lends acidity and color, while Salamino provides bouquet and fruitiness.  It’s a blend that works, producing a wine with fine bubbles, tannins and acidity that balances the sweetness perfectly.  Serve it cold with BBQ or spicy fare this summer.
88 Michael Apstein Jul 25, 2017