Why Be Curious? Sorbara’s Lambrusco is different from other Lambrusco DOCs, starting with its pale color of crushed cranberries. The sluicing acidity and less evidently fruity flavors suggest something savory, elegant, and even serious – which it is. Leclisse (“Eclipse”) is a tank selection from the historical Vigna del Cristo. Elegant yet kinky; serious yet fun. 100% frisky with or without food.
Produttore / Producer: Paltrinieri is a family winery three generations and running. Alberto is in the vineyard and cellar, his wife Barbera is the factotum (and always brings us warm gnocchi fritti when we visit). The winery is near Modena, right off of the A1 autostrada, Italy’s main vertical thoroughfare. It’s a convivial (and ancient) waypoint for a pick-me-up when you’re a bit tired from traveling.
Vigna / Vineyard: ‘Il Cristo’ is the Paltrinieri’s main vineyard. It got its name from a neighboring trattoria and well-known waystation just north of Modena, situated between the two local rivers Secchia and Panaro. The locale and trattoria were established before the town and appellation of Sorbara.
Cantina / Cellar: Maceration on the skins for three days, alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless tanks. Secondary fermentation for about 90 days (“Charmat Lungo”) in temperature-controlled and pressurized stainless steel tanks. All native yeasts.
Il Vino / The Wine: This is one of those wines that is not about fruit. There’s cutting acidity, tangy red fruits, and a strong dash of minerality.
A Tavola… / At the Table… As an elegant aperitivo (for those who aren’t shy about bracing wines), or with a host of salumi or boiled meats.
Paltrinieri Lambrusco di Sorbara ‘Leclisse’
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Lambrusco di Sorbara.
Nome / Name: Il Cristo.
Ettari / Hectares: 15 hectares total for the winery.
Quota / Altitude: 25 m / 80 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Alluvial soil of mostly chalk and sand.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Lambrusco di Sorbara.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Cordon (cordone speronato).
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: Middle of September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Lotta integrata (sustainable).
Resa / Yield: 140 hectoliters / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: In stainless steel tanks with native yeasts, with maceration on the skins for three days.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolatic fermentation: No.
Rifermentazione / Secondary fermentation: In temperature-controlled and pressurized stainless steel tanks (Metodo Martinotti Lungo / Long Charmat Method) for about three months, with native yeasts.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 45 mg/L.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 20,000 bottles (around 1,700 cases).
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 12.0%
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Sparkling wine cork and cage, 750 ml Burgundy-shaped sparkling wine bottle.