I created L’Ultima Luna to celebrate my first born, Matteo. During the pregnancy I remember dreaming up a deep, complex, evocative and well aged beer. I decided on a 2/3 full Amarone cask to allow the beer to oxidize. It is also in honor of the oxidized wines of Andalusia and my deep love for this land. Although the minimum aging requirement for this beer is 9 months, after many trials I opted for 18. Quoting Salvador Dali and Saint-Exupery, the surrealistic label depicts a painting of a child lifting the sea. This beer stands out for its exceptionally complex oxidized and tertiary aromas of leather, cheese crust, Madeira, wood and roasted almonds. Something I like leave the bottle open and drink it three months later for the greatest satisfaction.
In the glass, to the nose and in the mouth …
This is a barley wine with great character. 18 months of maturation in French oak barriques previously hosting an Amarone wine from the Valpollicella region. Intense copper colour with red highlights, the nose has an extraordinarily rich and complex aroma of morello cherry, red currant and vanilla with a hint of wild berries and Madeira wine. Its full bodied mouth is warm and un-carbonated.