Forteto della Luja Mon Ross Barbera d'Asti 2018

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
There are few more interesting and life-affirming visits in the wine world than a visit to the tiny (and I mean small) estate of Forteto della Luja in Italy's smallest DOC, Loazzolo. The leading estate in a DOC of just seven producers (5 hectares) Forteto della Luja has been owned and run by the Scaglione family for generations and is currently in the hands of Gianni assisted by his rather famous father Giancarlo (professor and maker of Bricco dellUcceone Barbera).

Amongst other things, the farm is listed by the World Wildlife Fund as an Oasis because it houses some of the original Piemontese flora not found many other places including a rare black orchid. There are no chemicals used here and the vineyards are worked by a rare breed of Appennine horses. You get the picture, its a cool place!

What an incredible producer and what great wine. It's on the slightly more wild and broody end of Barbera but we love it even more for it. Still that red, glazed fruit profile with a hint of old, spice blend but with a lovely earthy tint the optherwise vibrant fruits. It's juicy and soft with fruit and spice folding in and around itself as you take each sip. Not too heavy, not too light, just right! PWS