The color is very pretty, a light ruby with pink fizzy bubbles. Aromas on the nose are sweet cherries and dried strawberries, with a light touch of dried herbs. On the palate the primary driver is acid, not fruit.  The same cherries and strawberries are there, along with the herbs, but they are subtle and dry. They all fly under the tart and taut backbone of acid that gives a lemon-peel spritz sensation , without the flavor, to the experience from taste to finish. Sweet and sour cherries linger on the finish, with a light background of cranberry. Pair for contrast with a vodka penne, allowing the acids to knife through the cream sauce, or pair with fatty, spicy Tex-Mex to bring out the low residual sugar in contrast while cleansing the palate of the fats. Recommended (88). DH

WHO: Francesco Vezzelli

WHAT: Lambrusco

WHERE: Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco di Sorba

WHEN: 2011

HOW MUCH: $ 15

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