Vallana Gattinara

"Intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character."--Robert Parker

"Vallana creates Spanna with extraordinary life spans, their breeding, substance and longevity showing no compromise whatever with conceptions of mass consumerism." – Burton Anderson

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.

The classical labels that adorn Vallana's bottles represent the family's connection to the past, as well as their deep roots in the wine world. The estate as we know it today was formed in 1937, but the Vallana name was synonymous with great wine as early as the 18th century. Vallana is situated in the village of Maggiora in the Alto Piemonte, more than 100 miles north of Barolo. Today, the estate is run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Vallana Gattinara Nebbiolo 2009
Tasting Notes "Gattinara is a 100% Nebbiolo wine produced only in the town of Gattinara, on the western side of the River Sesia. The wine is austere and elegant, with a large and complex aroma, gentle and deep on the palate. Gattinara is a Nebbiolo with a vocation for long and very long aging." 
Item Number: 31665

Vallana 'Spanna' Cuvee Bernard Nebbiolo 2010
This wine is the result of the work and the passion of the youngest generation of Vallanas. However, it is also the fruit of an age-long family tradition, perfectly embodied in the XX century by Bernardo Vallana. The structure of the cellars on three layers, the size and the type of the
Item Number: 30703
Case: $227.40

Vallana Boca Nebbiolo 2010
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Online Exclusive Editor's Choice "Silky and structured, this poised red opens with a delicate bouquet of rose, violet, woodland berry and a whiff of earthy underbrush. It’s focused and vibrant, with notes of white pepper, graphite and rusted iron adding depth to the red-cherry
Item Number: 19526

Vallana Boca Nebbiolo 2011
Wine Information: Boca is a hidden jewel! If Gattinara is the King, Boca is the Queen. The best words to describe this wine are elegant, finessed and delicate. This is a true example that beauty in youth and elegance in age are not mutually exclusive. Nebbiolo confers the structure and the

Vallana Gattinara Nebbiolo 2007
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 Editor's Choice "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

Vallana Gattinara Nebbiolo 2006
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 WE TOP 100 2015 Rank 24 "Alpine herb, underbrush, pressed rose petal, dried berry and a balsamic note are some of the aromas you’ll find in this elegant Nebbiolo. It’s still remarkably youthful, with bright red cherry, fresh raspberry, clove, white pepper and mineral flavors