Festive Flavors Unveiled: Cleto Chiarli's Lambrusco Trio in Wine Enthusiast's Buying Guide

Lambrusco, a wine synonymous with celebration and adaptability, has been highlighted through three of Cleto Chiarli's finest. With the jubilant red hue of the Lambrusco Sorbara from the Vecchia Modena Premium and the rich, purple depths of the Vigneto Cialdini, these wines are united by a vibrant effervescence and a harmonious acidity, hallmark traits of the Cleto Chiarli estate-grown offerings.

In the culinary heartland of Modena, connoisseurs often reach for Lambrusco to accompany the lavish spreads of the season. Its aromatic profile is intoxicating, yet it retains a modest alcohol content, ensuring your palate remains pristine bite after delicious bite. The spectrum of Lambrusco styles, ranging from the dry Brut to the sweeter Amabile, offers boundless pairing possibilities, poised to enhance any sweet or savory dish on your holiday table.

Another great reason to stock the holiday cellar is value, and the editorial staff at Wine Enthusiast agrees. Two out of three wines are tagged as Best Buys.

Featured Selections:

  • Cleto Chiarli 2022 Vigneto Cialdini (94 Points): “A tapestry of black plum, fig, blackberry, mingled with white pepper, allspice, and a hint of tea leaf. On the palate, this Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro presents a rich tapestry of black cherry jam, complemented by floral and savory notes, culminating in an earthy finish. A top pick for its lush flavors and balance. (11% abv, $18)”

  • Cleto Chiarli 2022 Vecchia Modena Premium (91 Points): “This Lambrusco di Sorbara is a burst of wild strawberry, sour cherry, orange zest, and fresh thyme. Its vivacious palate dances with crushed raspberries and roses, rounded out by a trace of gaminess, all sustained by a lively acidity that invigorates the palate. (11% abv, $18)”
  • Cleto Chiarli NV Centenario (88 Points): “An expressive Lambrusco di Modena, where exotic spices and dried violets meld with sweet plum on the nose. The palate is a vibrant blend of blackberry, fig, and cherry jam, intertwined with a sweet and savory spice, finishing crisply with a zestful acidity. (8% abv, $20)”

Each of these wines exemplifies Cleto Chiarli's winemaking philosophy, representing not just a drink, but an experience, crafted to make your holidays even more memorable. Whether as a gift or the centerpiece of your table, these Lambruscos are poised to become a cherished part of your festive traditions.

Find the complete guide in the November issue of Wine Enthusiast.