Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco del Fondatore 2021 750ml - Vine Republic
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco del Fondatore 2021 750ml
SKU: 14905

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco del Fondatore 2021

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Category Sparkling Red
Origin Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco di Sorbara
Brand Cleto Chiarli
Alcohol/vol 11.5%
Fondatore means "founder," and the name of this wine name bears special significance for Cleto Chiarli. The Lambrusco del Fondatore is a modern version of the same wine Chiarli produced for the customers of his trattoria back in the early 1800s. It is made by the "ancestral" method, by which a still wine was fermented in the fall and left to rest through the winter. It was bottled in the early spring, with no filtration, and once temperatures began to rise, the yeast would continue the fermentation in the closed bottle, creating a fizzy wine. In accordance with the time-honored practices, the wine is not disgorged to remove the sediment. Lambrusco del Fondatore has become the benchmark of the Lambrusco di Sorbara variety.
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Candied cherries, strawberries, wild herbs and dried violets weave in and out of the glass with subtle hints of smoked game. The palate balances the savory quality of the wine with cherries jubilee, cranberry and dried rose finishing with a creamy texture and an elegant sparkle.

Jeff Porter, September 1, 2023
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The 2021 Lambrusco del Fondatore displays a vibrant deep pink, verging on red color in the glass. It wafts up with dusty rose and black cherry notes. This is more savory than sweet with a creamy head of bubbles contrasted by stimulating acidity and sour citrus. The 2021 finishes with mouthwatering tension and medium length as inner tart wild berries fade.

Eric Guido, March 2023