Review: Luretta NV Principessa and 2018 Gutturnio Superiore
Luretta hails from the Gutturnio region, a new DOC in northern Italy, south of Milan. Frizzante style wines are most common here, and while the winery produces sparkling wine — in the metodo classico style — it also produces a still red wine, also reviewed here.
NV Luretta Principessa Blanc de Blancs – A brut sparkler made from chardonnay in the style of Champagne, this is decidedly mild on the palate, a note of poached pear dominates. A bit doughy with notes of almond and toasted brioche throughout, the finish sees some chalky bitterness arriving, adding a dissonant note. B / $16
2018 Luretta Gutturnio Superiore DOC – This barbera-dominated red blend immediately engages, heavy with cherry notes and a gentle balsamic character that really complements the fruity attack. Lots of acidity here, with hints of tea leaf giving the finish a slight lift. Notes of allspice and a touch of vanilla add nuance to a wine that doesn’t exactly exude complexity throughout, but which demonstrates a delightful easy-drinking quality that is hard to put down. A / $24
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