Vallana Gattinara 2007

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As the Vallana family explains, Spanna, the local name in Alto Piemonte for Nebbiolo, is a grape of terroir. 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. The area has acidic soils, rather than the alkaline soils of the Langhe where Barolo and Barbaresco are located, giving the wine its acid backbone and ultimately the structure and character that adds to its potential for aging. 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.

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. 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.
Category Red Wine
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Gattinara
Brand Vallana
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Wine EnthusiastEDITOR'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 juicy dark cherry. Polished tannins provide the framework while a mineral vein energizes the finish. Drink through 2022.

Kerin O'Keefe, December 1, 2016