Vallana Gattinara Nebbiolo 2007
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 23654
Wine Enthusiast 94
"This fragrant Nebbiolo opens with intense, ample aromas of kitchen spice, chopped herb, leather, dark-skinned berry, tilled soil and a whiff of pressed rose petal. On the firmly structured smooth palate, notes of licorice, cinnamon and truffle accent a core of juicy dark cherry. Polished tannins provide the framework while a mineral vein energizes the finish. Drink through 2022."
King of Alto Piemonte! Characterized by its structure and power, this wine is the ultimate expression of the Alto Piemontese personality. Gattinara was officially recognized as a DOCG in 1967, but recent archeological findings trace the vineyards back to Roman times.
The grapes are grown on the rocks of the Sesia Valley Super Volcano. This kind acidic soil is only found in Boca and Gattinara: volcanic porphyrite. The soil is very shallow, and the roots are in close contact with the mother rock. Our viticultural philosophy is sustainable farming.
The grapes are hand harvested and manually selected before crushing, and then transferred to cement tanks for a 24 hour cold soak. The cement thermally insulates the must, and the fermentation temperature rises gradually: this is ideal for the extraction of color and structure while preserving the freshness of the bouquet. Fermentation lasts about 10 days and pumping over is performed during the whole fermentation period. Occasionally, a delestage is performed. Vallana’s Gattinara undergoes malolactic fermentation during the first winter. In spring it is transferred into large oak barrels (7-12 Hl) for 24 months, and the wine must age for at least another year in accordance with the rules of the DOCG. However, Vallana traditionally ages the wine in bottle a few more years before releasing it.
Our history and love affair with Vallana began with Michael Skurnik, remembering the wine from his time at Windows on the World. Unfortunately the wines were out of the US market for years and we could not be more excited to have these wines back in the States and we are proud to showcase this thrilling producer from Alto Piemonte!
As the Vallana family explains, Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo, is a grape of terroir. While the Langhe showcases a beautiful expression, especially in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, no list is complete without the wines of Alto Piemonte. Here, at the base of the Alps, at the foot of Monte Rosa, where the Mediterranean and Continental climates meet, Alto Piemonte takes on a charming and highly aromatic character. Alto Piemonte has acidic soils, rather than the alkaline soils of the Langhe, giving the wine its acid backbone and ultimately the structure and character that adds to the age ability. These vineyard sites are on gently sloping terraces along the left bank of the river Sesia and Lake Maggiore. Vallana owns vineyard sites within Colline Novaresi including the 2 important crus of Boca and Gattinara.
This is the one to drink while waiting for those barolos in your cellar...
Posted by Bill on 4/27/17 [Verified]
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