Pros:A red wine with a sweet edge that makes for easy drinking
Cons:If you only like dry wines, this one is not for you
The Bottom Line: If you're open to a lighter, slightly sweeter red wine on occasion, this one is a keeper.
Riunite Lambrusco is a red table wine made in Italy in the classic old world style, when wines were made a bit sweeter, reminiscent of the old family recipe, that Grandma and Grandpa used to make. Yes, I'm serious, my grandparents really did.
This red wine is dark in color, rich in it's fruit flavor, with a soft and slightly sweet taste. Definitely not for the red wine connoisseur, you know, the serious red wine drinker. It is not heavy or full-bodied, it has a very light bouquet, if any can be detected, it has no tannins, is not dry and leaves no lingering taste on your palate.
Although it can be served with a meal that is spicy, has red meat or with red pasta sauces, it can also be served as an after dinner wine, as it's slight sweetness makes it an easy wine to sip on over a longer time period. You know, for those social occasions, when the dry wines are no longer palatable and your guests couldn't really appreciate a more expensive varietal.
For me, Lambrusco brings with it fond memories. In my earlier days as a beginner in the world of wine drinking, I could hardly stand anything that was not sweet. Slowly as I progressed to the dryer whites and was ready to give red wine a try, Lambrusco was one of the very few reds I could tolerate, for a very long time.
Now I enjoy a variety of deep, rich red wines, but will always have a special place in my heart for Lambrusco. And, as I share the red wine experience with others trying to adapt to red wines, I am happy to introduce them to Riunite Lambrusco, one of very few Lambruscos available anymore.
Unlike most red wines, it's best to serve this Lambrusco chilled to get the most out of it's flavor, definitely not to be served at room temperature.
Riunite Lambrusco makes for a good light wine to sip cold in the warm, summer afternoon. It is refreshing in its lightness, slight sweetness and fruitiness. With summer evenings just around the corner, keep a bottle of Riunite Lambrusco in the fridge and enjoy the refreshing taste of this old world recipe, even if you can't be in Italy.
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Winery Name: Riunite
Varietal: Red Blend
Wine Rating Scale: Drinkable