From a region that is world-renowned for its produce (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and balsamic vinegars), this beautiful Lambrusco has a beautifully luminous crimson red color, like the poppies in Monet’s Les Coquelicots, with a gentle, foaming effervescence that recedes to form a ring of microscopically tiny bubbles around the edge.
In the glass, Il Selezione is redolent of wild strawberries, red currants, sweet red cherries, orange blossoms, and violets. On the palate, the wine is clean and just off-dry at its ripe red fruit core, with raspberry, watermelon, bitter almond, and strawberry jam, all punctuated by a long, intriguing, delicately white-pepper-seasoned finish.
About this wine producer: When Francesco Vezzelli established his artisan winery in 1958, most Lambrusco growers were still polyculture farmers who sold their grapes at the local cooperative. If they made wine, it was only for friends and family. But beginning in the 1960s, more and more of the best growers began to estate-bottle their traditional wines, and today, fine authentic small-farm Lambrusco heads every list of the gastronomic treasures of Emilia-Romagna. Francesco’s son Roberto Vezzelli continues the work begun by his father, farming 16 hectares of vines on the mid-slope of the hills outside of Modena.