Terraquila Lambrusco Col Fondo – Organic
Terraquilia is a 25-acre organically farmed estate run by Romano Mattioli and his daughter, Giorgia, and son-in-law, Francesco. The vines are located in the Apennine mountains and are planted at 1400-1600 feet above sea level. At this altitude, the vines enjoy cool breezes as well as influence from the Panaro River.
Terraquilia is the ancient name for Giulia, the area where the winery is located. The family has a history of producing Lambrusco in a manner that respects tradition since the 70’s. All the wines are produced by méthode Champenoise, which involves a natural secondary fermentation in bottle. Romano’s imperative is to emphasize a natural way of production, with minimal intervention in the cellar and minimal SO2. With a staunch commitment to sustainability, the winery is constructed with all-natural wood materials and includes a system that recovers rainwater. The wines are wildly expressive of their origin.
Hand harvested off the north facing La Riva vineyard, which is cooler, windier, and with a higher clay content. De-stemmed followed by natural fermentation in stainless steel. Some time on lees to add texture. Naturally settled and racked off gross lees then bottled with some fine lees. Second fermentation in bottle. 12 months on lees prior to release. Unfiltered and with natural sediment left to add complexity.
The color of the Falcorubens is a dense red. Aromatically, the wine offers roasted coffee and dark forest fruit, with a touch of barnyard and earth. Similarly, the palate is full of burly flavors like smoke, plum, raw herbs, and espresso. The structure is soft with a touch of tannin. A lovely wine to sip, a great bubbly.