James Suckling 93
Beautiful freshness and poise to this Gattanara with nutmeg, dried rose petals, saffron and cinnamon. A finely constructed structure follows with velvety, steely tannins and a spiced, chewy finish. Drink from 2021.-JS
Deep ruby red in color with garnet reflections. On the nose, aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum, and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather. Full-bodied palate, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry, and spicy culminating in a long and smooth finish. Outstanding with red meat, game, and hard cheeses.-Winemakers Notes
Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines from their eponymous estate in Gattinara for four generations. As the foremost producer and largest vineyard owner in this northern region of Piedmont, Travaglinis distinctive bottle-shaped Gattinara is the most iconic bottle of the appellation.
Gattinara plays an important role in Italian viticulture, but until a couple decades after the turn of the century, this beautiful region of Alto Piemonte was nearly forgotten. A winemaking region older than Barolo, Gattinara covered almost 600 hectares by the end of the 1800s, making it one of the largest in Northern Europe. The phylloxera plague, coupled with a devastating hail storm in 1905, completely destroyed the region and wine production in Gattinara was abandoned. Fortunately, Clemente Travaglini recognized the potential in this mountainous region and established his winery here in the 1920s. His passion for Nebbiolo helped raise the profile of Gattinara, a commitment that has been carried on through the generations. The family implemented major changes in the winery and vineyards, pioneering research into improved methods of viticulture, such as high density planting (5,000/HA) and 100 hand-harvesting.
The Travaglini family owns 59 hectares of vineyards; 44 of which are dedicated to vines, primarily Nebbiolo. A small portion is planted to native varieties Vespolina and Uva Rara. The familys vineyard holdings represent almost 59 of total Gattinara DOCG. The small appellation lies in the rocky foothills of the Monte Rosa range, where ventilating winds blow down from the nearby Alps. Soils are rocky and rich in iron, imparting a reddish color on the Earth. Its northern, mountainous location experiences a continental climate, with very cold, snowy winters and warm, sunny summers.
4th generation Cinzia Travaglini now runs the estate, along with her husband Massimo Collauto, chief winemaker. Their efforts, as the generations before them, have made Travaglini one of Italys most recognizable wines and the #1 selling Gattinara in the world.-Winery Notes
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Located in the heart of Gattinara, Travaglini was established in the 1920s by Clemente Travaglini.
In 1958 Arturo Travaglini followed in his father's footsteps and took over the helm at the winery.
The family's passion and commitment to winemaking has not diminished through the generations; Cinzia Travaglini, great-
granddaughter of Clemente, manages day-to-day operations at winery. Her husband Massimo Collauto is the chief winemaker, a role he inherited from his late father-
in-law and beloved mentor, Giancarlo Travaglini.
Throughout the years, Travaglini has established itself in Gattinara as the most esteemed producer of traditional, limited-production wines from the Nebbiolo grape.
Travaglini wines illustrate the full range of expressions Nebbiolo can achieve.
"Gattinara DOCG" has great structure and longevity, while "Nebbiolo DOC Coste delle Sesia" is young, fruity and easy to drink.
In Travaglini wines you can find the essence of the land and its traditions combined with technique and experience.
In order to obtain wines of great quality, careful work is done first in the vineyard to achieve perfectly healthy and balanced grapes.
During vinification, fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, to preserve the aromatic profile of the grapes.The required aging and fining is completed in the traditional manner, in two stages: first in large Slovenian oak barrels, followed by a shorter period of time in smaller oak barrels.
By enhancing the natural unique attributes of the wine and creating a product that entices, Travaglini provides an inside perspective on the territory and winemaking culture of northern Piedmont.