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Alessandro Medici takes fresh look at Lambrusco with his brainchild "Phermento," a wine produced using exclusively Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes fermented using the Ancestral Method of sparkling wine production. Sorbara, which is one of the most delicate and lightly colored Lambrusco grapes, has recently grown in popularity in Emilia Romagna. Its high level of acidity and lack of tannin it lends itself to the Ancestral method of production. The Sorbara vines are 35 years old, grown Cordone Speronato (cordon trained and spur pruned) in clay soil and with restricted yields. The wine itself ferments in bottle to brut nature (zero dosage), and is capped with a crown cap. The internal pressure is 2.5 bars, making this wine frizzante. The wine is best served at a temperature of 46 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit and should be consumed within two years of vintage.

91 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2018 vintage
91 Points
i-winereview.com
2018 vintage
Harvest Note
During an encouraging warm and sunny April, the Medici vines began to awaken. Although the late spring saw more rainfall than usual, budbreak occurred on schedule in May and the vines continued to thrive through the spring without incident. Luckily the rainy weather ceased by mid June and the hot, dry summer allowed for excellent and very healthy grape maturation. The Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes were picked beginning in mid September. Overall the 2020 harvest can be heralded as an excellent harvest, with above average quality and good yields. The wines are particular fine and elegant with a harmonious aromatic profile. The quality of the land and biodiversity is very high, the grapes are healthy and the sustainably farmed vineyard is thriving.
Tasting Note
Deep pink in color, the wine has a boquet reminiscent of raspberry and red fruit. Dry, yet fruit-forward and vinbrant. The bubbles are fine, rich and persistent on the finish.
Food Pairing
An excellent pairing to all kinds of charcuterie and wonderful on it's own as an apertif.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Lambrusco di Sorbara
APPELLATION: Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC
PH: 3.1
ACIDITY: 7.6 g/l
ABV: 11.5%
Unique Selling Points
  • Naturally fermented using method ancestral or "Pet-Nat" method with zero dosage
  • 130 year old, 5th generation family winery
  • From organically farmed Medici family estate vineyards
  • Medici Ermete winery is certified sustainable by the Equalitas standard

About the Grape

Lambrusco
Well-made Lambrusco can be refreshingly dry, with a lovely fragrance of red fruit and violets, a medium-bodied palate of fresh strawberries, a gentle spritz and a slight bitter almond finish.
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