Otello Nero di Lambrusco makes you excited about Lambrusco tasting


In the glass the wine has an extremely dark violet-red colour and creamy foam with a fine and persistent mousse. In the nose the developing aromas of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries with notes of violet, rose hips and some wood create a pleasant sensation of fruitiness and things to come. On the palate the wine is fresh, crisp and fruity with a soft texture; the tannins give it a good structure, but are tempered by some residual sugar. This is exciting Lambrusco tasting and well worth the buy, if you can find it in your part of the world.

Considered the masterpiece of “Cantine Ceci” this Otello Nero di Lambrusco was recommended to me by someone from the wine shop in Eataly in Rome. I had asked for a different, out of the box wine and was presented with this red semi sparkling or frizzante Lambrusco made of 100% Lambrusco Maestri grapes.

No, this is no ordinary Lambrusco, of the kind that was shipped in hectolitres to the United States and Europe in the 70s and 80s to satisfy the thirst of the so-called “Red Cola” lovers. Otello of Cantine Ceci is the outcome of years of experimenting in the vineyards with the Lambrusco Maestri grapes. The first bottle from these hillside vineyards (at an altitude of 200 – 300 meters) with vines aged between 10 and 20 years appeared on the market in 2003. The wine, named after the founder of the company Othello Ceci, is harvested at the beginning of October and undergoes 5-7 days of cold maceration on the skins to enhance the flavour. This Otello Nero di Lambrusco reaches maturity after 1 year of harvest and can be drunk up till 4 years after bottling. The vineyard is now managed by the grandchildren of Signore Otello: winemaker Alessandro Ceci, Maria Teresa Ceci, Maria Paola Ceci and Chiara Maghenzani. Otello Nero di Lambrusco is also fantastic with food, especially local Italian food form the area of Parma.

DueMilaVini: 5 grappoli
Gambero Rosso: 2 bicchiere
I vini di Italia Léspresso: 3 bottles

Video interview with winemaker Alessandro Ceci, unfortunately only in Italian.

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