“…this is the leading estate in Emilia-Romagna, has been so for fifteen years, and it cannot be ignored.” – Wine Advocate
“Sometimes the impact of a winery is so positive that it enriches a whole area with its quality, consistency and continuity. This is true of Fattoria Zerbina…” – Gambero Rosso
Trained in enology at the University of Bordeaux, after obtaining a degree in agronomy at the University of Milan, Cristina Geminiani has taken a radically new approach to viticulture and winemaking at her family’s estate, located in an area of Italy previously little known for quality wine production. Since taking over the estate in 1987, she has been called “of the most talented women in Italian wine” by the Wine Advocate and has been a regular recipient of the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award, such that the estate is listed among “The Stars” of the famed Gambero Rosso Wine Guide. Fattoria Zerbina, named after a local warm southerly wind, is located at Marzeno in Romagna where the land begins to rise towards the Appennines that divide Romagna from Tuscany. The vineyards cover 29 hectares, more than 70% of which are planted to Sangiovese, and sit at an average altitude of 200 meters (656 feet) above sea level. Perfectly situated to benefit from the constant cooling breezes off the Adriatic Sea, they produced wines of breed, elegance, charm, depth of flavor and a personality able to rival their cousins in Tuscany on the other side of the Apennines. These include the charming, great-value “Ceregio” Sangiovese, aged entirely in stainless steel, to the “Pietramora” Riserva Sangiovese, aged one year in 70% new French-oak barriques and a Tre Biccheri winner for the 2003 vintage, to the Marzieno blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 7% Syrah (which was also awarded Tre Bicchieri for the 2001 and 2003 vintages and 90 points by Parker. Not to be missed is the lovely “Torre di Ceparano” Sangiovse, aged in new and used barriques and produced from grapes grown “alberello” or “bush-trained” style, which can compete with any great Chianti.
The estate also producese the very rare “Scacco Matto” passito wine, an Albana-based wine that has been compared to Sauternes in quality.
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