We're always excited to bring our members wines from places we've never heard of or made from grapes we've never tasted. This wine is both. The grape here is Famoso, a distant kin to Gewurztraminer, and it was not even officially recognized until 2009.
The vineyards are in Ravenna, located in Central Italy along the Adriatic Coast in Emilia-Romagna. Emilia-Romagna is also home to two of Italy's greatest treasures: Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Rambela is a co-operative of several growers in the area, founded just after World War II. Italy was so devastated by the war that barely any entity could exist by itself. So, co-ops were the best way for winemakers to survive, and most Italian co-operatives were founded at this time.
The sea air and sandy, clay soil are not suitable for many varietals, but Famoso thrives here. It is interesting to note that the usual practice in most of Europe is to match the grape to the area, not necessarily planting what is fashionable. If a grape is ideal for an area, then that's what will be planted and vinified there.
For our selection, the grapes were handled minimally, so as not to disturb the delicacy and nuance of the wine. The grapes were crushed very gently to preserve their flavor characteristics and aged for a short time in stainless steel and then in the bottle.
The result is a lovely, aromatic offering with citrus and apricot notes, a touch of roasted almonds and a spicy, almost musky finish.