Rosso Matilde 2019 Bugno Martino Lambrusco Mantovano IGP
Bugno Martini named this wine as a tribute to Matilde Canossa, who had such an influence as a female leader in this region in the 12th century. Sheila has a wonderful piece on her history and contributions here.
This wine is a blend of Lambrusco Salamino and Lambrusco Ancellotta this wine is made in the Charmant method and spends 4 months in Stainless steel.
This wine pours a deep frothy ruby. On the nose, there was blackberry, black cherry, bramble, dried herb, soy, and a little smoke. It smells “wild”.
On the nose, it was medium intensity, but when you take a sip, the wine explodes with flavor. The fruit notes bursting through with the more subtle savory notes in the background. This wine is dry, don’t confuse it with the semi-sweet Cold Duck of the 70s. Sheila had also suggested pizza with sausage, so I attempted homemade pizza, making my own pizza dough. We topped our pizzas with a mixture of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and a little fig jam for sweetness. Dabs of ricotta came next, sausage (which I partially pre-cooked), chopped sage, a four-cheese blend, and more sage.
We paired our pizza with the Rosso Matilde and the sweetness of the fig jam played nicely off the bright fruit in the wine.