Lambrusco "Ancestrale" 2020
A dark berry fruit-forward natural red sparkling wine with fine bubbles, silky bright acidity, and a long mineral finish!
Tasting Notes: Blueberries, cherries, violet, and cream!
Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Thai Basil Chicken, Indian Lamb Curry, Gnocco Fritto
Emilia Romagna, Italy
"This estate is an ambitious project: the construction of a new winery is planned for 2025. In the meantime, grapes are vinified in a nearby facilities, only 500m away from the vineyards. Sebastian produces Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, a sparkling red wine, using ancestral and traditional methods, with the final fermentation happening in the bottle. His goal is to create a natural wine of great quality while avoiding any industrial or corrective techniques." - Zev Rovine
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About Natural Wine
Great question! There are a lot of definitions for natural wine with the main term you'll hear being that it has had minimal intervention. To be more specific, our definition is that the wine must first be sustainably farmed, which typically means it was organically or biodynamically farmed.
Then, in the cellar the natural winemaking process has some differences as well! The wine is typically unfined, unfiltered, and goes through spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. If you want to know more about what natural wine is, we have an entire guide under our reference section!
The short answer is that natural wine can taste like any other kind of conventional wine (we like to call these stealth natural wines) or it can taste quite a bit different, as production methods can vary and potentially be lighter, or in a style you've never had before (like orange, pet-nat or amphora).
The natural wine community is also more accepting of some qualities in wines that conventional would consider a flaw, like Brett, some oxidation, or volatile acidity. We would consider these in high amounts to also be a flaw, but in many cases a touch of these qualities can ultimately improve their flavor and texture and be happily accepted in a natural wine.
To find out more about what natural wine tastes like, check out our full blog and podcast on the topic here.
The short answer is, no! But many are. Glou-glou describes winesthat are easily chuggable, impossible to put the glass down, and seductively delicious! They tend to be young and fresh, designed to be drunk early with an average ABV of around 10%. Check out different styles or glou glou natural wine here on our site.