The transformation of a very good winery to one of the best in all of Italy is overwhelmingly the work of the uber-talented owner/winemaker Cristina Geminani. After studying in Bordeaux – under Denis Dubourdieu, she returned and transformed not just the vineyard practices at Zerbina but arguably throughout the wider Italian Sangiovese landscape.
The Gambero Rosso described it as follows: “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…”
Robert Parker, himself, said “I occasionally wonder what I should write about the wines of Cristina Geminani, the owner-winemaker of this estate, one of the most talented women in Italian wine…and about the quality of the wines there is little to discuss – this is the leading estate in Emilia-Romagna, has been so for fifteen years, and it cannot be ignored.”
The 2019 Bianco di Ceparano cannot be ignored either. Sometimes overlooked by the Ceregio and the flagship Gambero Rosso, the Bianco di Ceparano is an electric bottle of white wine that dazzles with just about any food pairing, but since we are talking Romagna, especially with pizza. No matter if the sauce is white or red on the pizza, the wine dazzles with tropical and citrus flavors and a piercing minerality that can cut thru anything. Not to be overlooked in a sea of red!
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