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The finest wine estate in Romagna is Fattoria Zerbina where the dynamic and energetic Cristina Geminiani has taken he...Read more...
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The finest wine estate in Romagna is Fattoria Zerbina where the dynamic and energetic Cristina Geminiani has taken her family's estate to the peak of winemaking excellence. These are probably the best Italian wines you have never tasted. Cristina is working tirelessly to change this situation and spends a significant amount of time on the road crusading for not only her wines, but also those of Romagna's other top producers. The best Romagna producers, Drei DonË, Fattoria Zerbina, San Patrignano and Stefano Ferrucci, have banded together in an organization called Il Convito di Romagna to help spread the word that Romagna is home to some very fine vineyards and wines. After graduating with a degree in agriculture from the University of Milan, Cristina's passion for the great sweet wines of Sauternes led her to continue her studies at the University of Bordeaux. Then after a stint with famed oenologist Vittorio Fiore she began her personal quest to make great wines at Fattoria Zerbina. Her experience and drive has created one of Italy's finest wine portfolios that includes: the “Super-Romagna” Marzieno; Scaccomatto, one of Italy's best dessert wines; Pietramora, a stunning pure Sangiovese and Ceregio, one of the tastiest red wine bargains you can find anywhere. Cristina describes her winemaking philosophy in this way, “In my winemaking I aim to complete and integrate each of the values of each single vineyard, fully respecting the high potential of the fruit from each special area. Only by releasing the pure character of the vines in each microclimate can we show the real value and richness of our terroir.” The foundation of Cristina's success has been her dedication to the vineyards themselves. Comments Cristina, “In each vineyard you can find small areas where the soil is different and where the response from the clone (specific type of vine) and its rootstock can radically change. It is our duty to follow these small individual aspects and to keep them as a treasure and to use this knowledge for the following harvest so we can be always increasing the quality of our wines.” Over twelve years of experience came together with what Cristina calls “a perfect vintage” in 2001 to make some memorable wines at Zerbina. The warm dry summer created the perfect climate for the red wines while the white Albana variety she uses for her dessert wines saw an excellent development of botrytis (noble rot) in the late autumn. Cristina considers this to be a benchmark vintage for their wines. The baby Sangiovese Ceregio di Romagna (named after the cherry flower) is racy, bright bitter cherry fruit flavours. While filled with gorgeous fruit, this is no Australian shiraz-style wine as it has a firm backbone of acidity, plenty of Sangiovese varietal character and structure that clearly speaks of its Italian birth. “Bright fresh dusty fruits: redcurrant and maraschino. Juicy and sharp in the mouth, with lip-smacking loganberry fruit. A tang of kumquat to boot and fine dusty tannins.”
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