In a well-shaped glass (preferably not a tall skinny flute), the wine has a luminous, saturated Red Haven peach color, with a soft, foamy mousse that recedes to form a ring of microscopically tiny bubbles around the edge. The aromatics are fascinating and complex: persimmons, prickly pear, blood orange, and peach blossoms, with fleeting suggestions of Canary melons, wild strawberries and hibiscus. On the palate, the wine is pristine, crisp, and dry, with lively, persistent fine bubbles, and a lovely core of red fruit that puts on weight as the wine evolves in the glass. The satiny finish is bright and mineral, with fine, silky tannins and fresh acidity.
About this wine producer: When Francesco Vezzelli established his artisan winery in 1958, most Lambrusco growers were subsistence polyculture farmers, who sold their grapes at a local cooperative. If they made wine themselves, 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 the wine list of every fine restaurant in Emilia-Romagna, including Modena’s own Michelin three-star Osteria Francescana.
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. Sorbara is both the name of the place where MoRosa is grown, and the name of the finest variety of Lambrusco itself; one of at least sixty different clones of Lambrusco, an ancient grape that may lay claim to being one of very few to have its roots in Italy itself.
A wonderful somewhat dry rose with a bit of effervescence and fuller than expected flavors that is versatile and a great starter to every summer meal. Definitely will be buying more of this.
Every bottle - every "vintage," this is crazy good, dry Lambrusco that always surprises guests. Delicious!