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Brigo Balotta Lambrusco di Grasparossa 2021

Brigo Balotta Lambrusco di Grasparossa 2021

$25.00

Greogorio Brigo is a dashing young man from the countryside north of Modena. Growing up in a family of farmers (growing legumes, grains, fruit trees and a few vines) he learned the catharsis that can come from hard, physical work early in his life, assisting his grandfather and father in their daily routines around the property. Being in such proximity to Modena, he was also exposed to a lot of dynamite Lambrusco (and likely plenty of bad stuff too!). Having emerged in his early 20s as a sought-after agronomist and winemaking consultant for hire, Brigo worked for several farms in and around Modena and Bologna, before making the leap in 2021, deciding to follow his dream: producing his very own Lambrusco! Greogorio immediately ceased selling his fruit to the nearby cooperative wineries, committing himself to the creation of his own small-production wines, modeled on the up-beat and soulful styles he remembered from his younger years. All of his experience farming and living in the region guided the vision of his Lambrusco wines to represent the spirit of his homeland, devoted to friendship, conviviality, and joyful consumption.  

All of Brigo’s vineyard work is done organically (he is in the process of becoming certified), yields are limited and natural fermentations and low sulfur additions are key to his production. The ‘Balotta’ (which roughly translates as ‘a chat with friends’) is an uber-classical expression of Lambrusco Grasparossa – the most commonly seen sub-type in the greater Lambrusco family of grapes. Sourced from 25 year old vines, the Ballota is harvested by hand before undergoing natural fermentation in stainless steel and carbonation via Charmat method. Inky in the glass with a bright purple fizz, the Balotta leads with a nose of Concord grape soda, black-berried fruits, Black Forest Cake, bitter cocoa and sweet green herbs. In the mouth, a sweet-tart, almost lactic note driven forth by a ripping backbone of acidity keeps those big, juicy flavors of black berry and cherry on the straight-and-narrow, with a lovely bitter-herbal edge providing further balance to the sweetness of fruit. If you can hold onto this one till Thanksgiving, she will surely win the hearts of the whole family, wine aficionado or otherwise!

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You will be charged the applicable sales tax, if any, assessed by your state for any shipment that Biondivino makes; otherwise California sales tax will be assessed on the sale. Shipping and handling costs are not included in the cost and will appear in the shopping cart before you complete your transaction.  The carrier and service speed may vary by state and time of year, and Biondivino cannot take responsibility for the condition of any wine shipped by Ground.

Some of our products are sold on a "pre-arrival" or "futures" basis. These products are explicitly indicated as "pre-arrivals" or "futures" on our Website and newsletter.  Biondivino will notify you by email when your "pre-arrivals" or "futures" have arrived and are ready to be shipped.  You will be given the opportunity to coordinate the proper shipping address and method (we won't automatically ship out pre-arrival wines when they arrive).

Shipping Policy

Due to the restrictions of many state laws, we only ship wine to those states where direct shipment from a retailer is permitted by law; currently we ship to AK, CA, DC, ID, LA, MO, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OR, VA, WV and WY.  This list is subject to change without notice. In addition, each state imposes limitations on the amount of wine any particular resident may receive by direct shipment.  To ensure that you are able to order wine for direct shipment from our website, please consult the specific state requirements for your state.

Please note that all orders must be placed by persons who are at least 21 years old, and that age verification will be required upon receipt of your wine.  No wine will be delivered to obviously intoxicated persons and any person unable to provide age verification will forfeit their right to receive the shipment until identification is produced.  In such circumstances, the order may either be held in storage at a local depot of the shipping company until appropriate identification is produced, or shipped back to the winery.  All associated costs will be the responsibility of and be charged to the customer.

Title to, and ownership of, all wine passes from Biondivino to the purchaser in the State of California and the purchaser takes all responsibility for shipping it from California to his/her home state. By arranging for transportation of the wine, Biondivino is providing a service to, and acting on behalf of the purchaser.  By utilizing this service from Biondivino, purchaser is representing that he/she is acting in compliance with his/her local and state laws regarding the purchase, transportation and delivery of wine.  The purchaser represents that he/she has obtained any required permission, paid any required fees, is working through properly licensed intermediaries where required, is legally entitled to take possession of wine and is legally entitled to take quantities ordered.

You will be charged the applicable sales tax, if any, assessed by your state for any shipment that Biondivino makes; otherwise California sales tax will be assessed on the sale. Shipping and handling costs are not included in the cost and will appear in the shopping cart before you complete your transaction.  The carrier and service speed may vary by state and time of year, and Biondivino cannot take responsibility for the condition of any wine shipped by Ground.

Some of our products are sold on a "pre-arrival" or "futures" basis. These products are explicitly indicated as "pre-arrivals" or "futures" on our Website and newsletter.  Biondivino will notify you by email when your "pre-arrivals" or "futures" have arrived and are ready to be shipped.  You will be given the opportunity to coordinate the proper shipping address and method (we won't automatically ship out pre-arrival wines when they arrive).