Gattinara Wine

 

Gattinara is a red wine produced in the northwestern Piedmont region of Italy. Like the other big high profile regional reds such as Barolo and Barbaresco, it is based on the Nebbiolo grape. It is believed the name is a derivation of “Catuli Ara,” meaning “altar of Catullus.” This refers to the founding of the town of Gattinara, where proconsul Lutatius Catullus invested his booty after conquering the Cimbrian Gauls in 101 BC. Wine-making in the region dates at least as far back as the Roman era. It received its DOCG (superior classification) in 1990.
 
The Gattinara zone centers around the historical town, and reaches west to the hills of the Alps. This inland area has a continental microclimate, with hot summers and cool late autumns and winter. The vines grow in iron-rich, volcanic soils that have elements of carbon, magnesium and calcium. These factors all contribute to well-balanced, full ripening grapes. 
 
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  • Travaglini Gattinara 2010

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    4 Stars. lighter than the 2009, obviously a reflection of the weather. Appreciated by the guests; none the less. I explained the front and back challenges and they better understood Nebbiolo varietal from Piedmont. Cheers. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Pretty good price allowing a bigger plunge--get this Gattinara while the getting's good. Seems Cauble is of similar opinion about that region's wines to a statement I made over in WB...  ;-) Nervi, Podere dei Ginepri, Nebbiolo, “Spanna,” Coste della Sesia DOC Piedmont, Italy 2012 Many of you are familiar with Nebbiolo’s uncanny ability to captur... Read More

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  • 2013 Arlaud Gevrey Chambertin 1er Combottes2008, 10 Antoniolo Gattinara Special Cuvees2013 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays (ouch)At least now I have all the various Grand Cru's (Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Denis, Bonne Mares, etc.) in Morey in 2013, save for Clos de Tart, which I refuse to buy. I suppose I should have a Musigny to go with... Read More

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  • Oh, that's right...also plan to add to, and get in to the Gattinara game. Read More

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  • As far as 'table wine' goes (and this was so priced), the 2010 Travaglini Gattinara I had last night with a hybrid pasta combining lots of shiitake, an aglio olio  e peperoncino sauce base, then four cheeses including plenty of gorgonzola and vermouth and basil and cream thrown in, was a multi-base hit. Needed a few hours to breathe (brownish ti... Read More

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  • With you on that about the optimal age hyperbole. But until we get that Alto ... (and the least known) of the Gattinara/Ghemme/Carema/Lessona team. Read More

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  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... Spanna or something else. Gattinara/Ghemme/Carema/Lesona (all except the last I've posted on here) are just higher-altitude versions of the wine being made in Barolo and Barbaresco, and in several cases aren't even more rustic. We're talking nowhere near the dist... Read More

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  • Thanks for posting the Chambers St. offer...they're one of the few to carry ... in with the Alto Piemonte, Gattinara and Ghemme, etc?Mark, I agree that light and humidity could be issues at Total Wine. Also if I were sending Total Wine some of my stock (if I were the importer) I'd probably send them my worst, most questionably stored/transporte... Read More

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  • OT - yeah but not always.Basic Barberesco has to get 26 months total age before ... at least 95% Nebbiolo.Basic Gattinara needs 35 months total age before release, with at least 24 month in barrel, and for Riserva it needs 47 months with at least 36 in barrels. It has to be 90% Nebbiolo.Basic Ghemme needs 34 months total age with at least 18 in... Read More

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