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Castello di Luzzano
Romeo Gutturnio Classico Riserva DOC

Gutturnio is the most ancient and most famous wine of the Piacenza hills. Its name derives from that of a silver cup from Roman times a “gutturnium”, found in the Po river in the early 1800s. It was used at banquets to serve wine drop by drop. Gutturnio was one of the earliest wines in Italy to obtain DOC in 1967.

The name Romeo honors the old vineyard workers of Luzzano. Up until the end of the 1960s they were assigned a third of the vines for themselves and somehow they always managed to acquire the best third, thanks to their great experience. Romeo was one such worker. He was a vine grower, a gardener and a grand waltzer. He was always cheerful, and he remains a live presence in their memories. With great affection they have dedicated this Gutturnio Riserva, which for them represents the estate and its history, to him. The label they created is also part of Luzzano: it is the design of the wrought iron gate at the entrance to the courtyard.

Owner: Fugazza Family
Website: www.castelloluzzano.it
Winemaker: Stefano Testa
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 60% Barbera, 40% Bonarda

Vineyard Location: Romito
Orientation: South
Elevation: 900 ft
Vines Planted: 1981
Trellising: Guyot
Vines/Acre: 4,500/Ha
Soil: Calcareous/White clay- medium texture

Hand harvest, strict selection, fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 25 days at 28- 30 °C. Maceration on the skins for 25 days with manual pumping over.

Aging Process
18- 20 months in Franch oak barriques (33% new - 33% second passage - 33% third passage). 12 months in the bottle before the release.

Tasting Notes
Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Elegant and intense bouquet on the nose with aromas of black fruits and spices, and a hearthy note.
Flavor: On the palate it shows a perfect harmony, with black cherry and peppery flavors, together with a light oakiness that adds a pleasing final touch.
Pairings: Perfect for roasted or smoked red meats, game and matured cheeses

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 57-61°F
Production: 4,500 bottles