Vallana Gattinara 2007
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.
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.