2018 Matteo Braga, Gutturnio “Il Negrese” Frizzante
Blend: 60% Barbera, 40% Bonarda
From Colli Piacentini DOC, Emilia, Italy
Colli Piacentini red wines, all characterized by a strong ruby color, are intense, but never heavy, elegant, without going unnoticed on the most important tables of Italian cooking. Gutturnio, but also Bonarda, Barbera, Cabernet, Novello, and Pinot Nero, are the important red wines between 11 and 12 degrees. Tasty red meats, as well as rich first courses, are the ideal match for these lively red wines.
This is a story of intensive agriculture, fostered by the proximity of Padan Plain, which here becomes love for this land and wine tourism. In recent decades, the companies of this land have tried to keep the most of the characteristics of elegance and quality typical of Emilia’s agriculture. Everywhere in the valleys it is possible to visit the wine-making industries and taste the great wines of these hills thanks to ‘La Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli Piacentini', a route among excellent wines and genuine flavors of Emilia-Romagna countryside.
Gutturnio is the newest DOC introduced to the hilly vineyards south of Piacenza, in western Emilia-Romagna. It applies to red wines – mostly still with some frizzante – made from Barbera and Croatina. The two varieties combine to create a relatively soft, well rounded red wine with blue and black fruits.
Formerly Colli Piacentini Gutturnio, it was raised from its status as a subzone of the larger DOC in July 2010. This followed decades of campaigning by local winemakers. It had long been considered the most prestigious location in the Colli Piacentini zone. The name derives from the gutturnium, a traditional wine jug.
Barbera must account for 55-70 percent of the blend, with the lesser known Croatina contributing 30 to 45 percent. Croatina is known locally as Bonarda.
Taste: It is exactly like you want this wine (something like Lambrusco, but deeper) to be: deep purple, lively “purple” nose, fruity, gulpable, with great refreshing acidity. This could be your wine for the summer!
Pairing: Chill it a bit, and serve like crazy with grilled seafood, salads, and grilled meats—it’s perfect for summer picnics/social distancing outdoor eating.