QUARTICELLO (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Roberto Maestri is a relative new comer to the art of winemaking but his energy and focus reveals a seasoned (and natural) talent. Although it was his family who initially purchased the 8ha property (5ha under vine), his passion was instant and he took as many roles in the field and cellar as he could. In 2006, only 5 years after the Quarticello farm was created, he gained a full degree as 'vinicoltore' and took control of production. His goal is simple: Using indigenous grapes, through natural cultivation and production, one can achieve the true expression of the land via the wine. He farms his gravelly sand-clay soils in Montecchio Emilia without use of chemicals, using only organic fertilizers. Several variants of Lambrusco grow aside Malbo Gentile and Malvasia di Candia. No international grapes have crept on the scene nor has any real modern winemaking techniques. Roberto prefers fermentation to happen in the bottle, with only naturally occurring yeasts, to retain the true voice within the wine. He is certain by these ancient approaches to both the vineyards and the cellars, without extreme methods, that he can insure strict authenticity through which we can drink the perfect expression of the inherent qualities of these grape varieties, grown in their proper home. With as much promise as Roberto has shown already, it seems certain he will give it his best to reveal it.
Lambrusco "Rivellino" 2009
40% Lambrusco Maestri 40% Lambrusco Salamino 20% Malbo Gentile all hand harvested on the flat sandy-clay soils. Vinified using natural yeasts after 6-8 days of maceration. Once started, fermentation continues in the bottle. There is no filtration or disgorgment. SO2 is minimal. 6-8mos bottle ageing before release.