truly Champagne-esque sparkling from an obscure region of Lombardy - Mantova, which is so far southeast you're almost in the Veneto/Emilia. So it makes sense this tiny project excels in elevating varietals famous in Lambrusco.
Villa Picta = Laura and Paolo, first vintage in 2015. The original property was planted to vines by Paolo’s grandparents. They do not use any systemic herbicides or pesticides, and are in the process of receiving organic certification. Laura comes to winemaking from a vegetable farming background. Paolo is a sommelier — together they make beautiful, delicious, thoughtful wines.
clay sand and silt soil
persistent tiny bubble, freshness for days, high acidity, wild red berry fruit, bone dry, bracing and delicious now but will likely only improve over the next few years as the acidity becomes a touch more integrated
Wine Club Selection: "You know any chance I get to bring in yet another Lambrusco to the shop, I take it! This is very special ‘methode classico’ or champagne method 100% Lambrusco Sorbara from one tiny .4ha parcel. It’s done with a vertical basket press as Pasini puts it to render ‘the soul of the soil’. Primary fermentation happens with pied de cuve (same idea as a sourdough starter) of late harvest Garganega grapes. Secondary fermentation happens in the spring, after the wine settles in tank all winter. Disgorged 30 months later. Ageworthy and the tiniest production at the winery. Rosy, delicate, wild berry fizz. A no brainer for your ice bucket at brunch."
region: Mantova/Mantua (Lombardy), Italy
varietal: Lambrusco Sorbara
style: method traditional bubbly
farming/cellar: organic, ambient yeast,