Castello di Luzzano 270 Riserva 2003

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Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy, Italy
Barbera, Bonarda, Uva Rara & Pinot Nero
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered and unfined, additional sulphites

With Oltrepò Pavese to the west and Colli Piacentini to the east, Castello di Luzzano is situated on a hilltop at 270 metres above sea level. As such it is partly in Lombardy and partly in Emilia Romagna and this unusual position, straddling a regional boundary, has remained unaltered for centuries and affords the castello some undoubtedly spectacular scenery, as well as the opportunity to produce wine from two different wine regions.

It's great to get our hands on some proper old-school Italian gear such as this, especially when it has this much age on it. The wine may've been produced in a bit more of a conventional way, that's for sure, but we're all about wines with a sense of place and we feel that this is something this wine has a lot of - the rustic, savoury character of Emilia-Romagna and the elegance of Lombardy. Being a 2003 riserva this wine is displaying some wonderful signs of age - the aroma from the glass has that leather and cedar wood spice and is redolent of sticking your nose into a bag of pipe tobacco. The acidity is bright and bang on; a sure sign of a wine being in a happy place and we feel this old-timer is singing right now and will continue to do so for a good few years to come!