Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena Spumante DOC is a dry, sparkling red wine from Modena the home of Ferrari and Maserati in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. This is made from 100% Lambrusco grapes, but you can forget about the dodgy Lambruscos of the 1990s, this is the real deal, a proper fruity and dry Lambrusco nero.
Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena Spumante DOC is produced by Azienda Agricola Castelvetro which is another name used by Cantina Cleto Chiarli at their Tenuta Cialdini estate. Cleto Chiarli started his winemaking business in 1860 and has become known as one of the top producers of Lambrusco wines. Cleto Chiarli owne over 100 hectares of vineyards in the region spread over three wine estates, the aforementioned Tenuta Cialdini, Tenuta Sozzigalli, Tenuta Belvedere. The property is located in the heart of the Lambrusco di Grasparossa wine-growing region near the hills surrounding the village of Castelvetro in the Modena Province. The estate has 42 hectares out of a total of 71 hectares planted with vineyards.
The grapes for Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena Spumante DOC are very gently pneumatically pressed and left to cold macerate for 48 hours at 10 – 12 degrees C. The juice is then racked off the skins and clarified before a slow fermentation at 18 degrees C in “cuves closes”. This sealed environment forces some of the carbon dioxide (a natural by product of the alcoholic fermentation) to become trapped in the wine, creating the lightly sparkling character.