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Camillo Donati Ribelle Rosato 2018

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Arola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Organic & Biodynamic
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

Frothy, savoury, infinitely delicious Lambrusco-style Rosato using 100% high-acid Barbera. Candied berry fruit and lively bubbles make this an essential summer-swigger, preferably outdoors with a good supply of pizza. Camillo’s wines are all traditionally made and are unbelievably generous for the price. Flip that cap!

A word on the Donati style from his US Importer: “The carbonation of these frizzante wines comes from the traditional method of refermentation in bottle, a method that does not require preservatives and which makes this wine, unlike those produced in charmat method, age better. The wines are not filtered and are topped with a crown cap (a traditional closure for some decades in this region). There may be resulting sediment and the bottles should be poured somewhat carefully without a lot of intense movement. These are very delicate and natural wines that have immense glugability and unique character. They are meant to be drunk simply as you would a refreshing beer or cider at cold temperature (even the red) with simple foods. They go particularly well with cold cuts, prosciutto and dry sausages and gnocco – fried squares of dough – that are traditional in Parma”

And a word on the natural approach from Camillo himself!: “Sparkling wines had been made the same way for centuries, but in the 70's everyone started producing frizzante wines with the charmat method. I believe that charmat kills the wine. A dead wine goes into the bottle, and many, many preservatives are needed to keep the wine going for 6 or 7 months. On the other hand, a natural frizzante wine can last 10, 15, 20 years. Logically, you will no longer have predominant fruit after the 3 or 4 years where the secondary and tertiary aromas surface, but the wine is alive and it ages and matures slowly, just like we do. If I kill a wine beforehand just so that I don't have sediments or to have clarity, then what is the point? Charmat is a dead wine that cannot go beyond 6 months to a year. After that it becomes undrinkable because it's dead. A chemical preservative is not capable of sustaining something dead”

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    Posted by Matteo on 14th Sep 2020

    A refreshing, tangy and ultimately cheerful sip, ideally served in an old-fashioned tumbler and with playing cards, for a true taste of Emilia Romagna. A primitive edge emerges through its persistent effervescence and bright perfumes, which makes it a personal trip down memory lane.