2013 Vena Rossa Gutturnio Classico Superiore, Castello di Luzzano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
I’ve just had the most wonderful wine trip through the hills south of the Emilian city of Piacenza–the wine-growing region known as the Colli Piacentini. There are many local wine specialties I’d never even heard of…white and red, frizzante and still. Perhaps my favorite of all is a red blend made from Barbera and Bonarda, usually 60% to 40%. It is called Gutturnio, whether it’s frizzante or still. I do love it frizzante (sort of like Lambrusco, but deeper), but at the gorgeous country estate Castello di Luzzano…home of a winery and a terrific restaurant…I tasted this marvelous still red wine. Amazing with (if you can believe it) a tangle of horse tartare with shredded red cabbage. It is exactly like you want Barbera to be: deep purple, lively “purple” nose, fruity, gulpable, with great refreshing acidity. This could be your wine for the summer!
Chill it a bit, and serve like crazy with grilled seafood, salads, and grilled meats—it’s perfect for picnics! Just hold the pony.
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