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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  • Gattinara and Ghemme references, this Alto Piemonte thing is really taking off! I suppose I better stock up on all the Antoniolo I can afford. Read More

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  • I was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and ... you could go the Ghemme and Gattinara regions by taking the train north from Milan--it's not quite as hard as Barolo, etc.  If you could fly into Asti or Alba, that would change things, but they don't have airports that I am aware of.&nbs Read More

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  • Settled for a very generic Salice Salentino last night.  We'll drink ... non-DOCG last summer and a Gattinara that fit the bill, too.  I'm probably a little unusual in liking young Nebbiolo but I could sub it in for lesser Pinots pretty regularl Read More

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  • If you want to do Nebbiolo at a price, Ghemme (Cantalupo is my go to) is safe ... there's Valtellina and Gattinara, of course, and some stuff from outside the DOCGs.  But we were talking about special bottles.  I think it would be hard to find a palate that didn't approve of Monprivato--sure, lots of tannins and acids, but somehow Mauro Mascar... Read More

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  • And you can always get some Barbera, which can age well and which will be a lot ... something from Valtellina or Gattinara, both of which can produce very nice NebbioloBut you know, D had a point about northern Italian possibly including Tuscany. Just as Amarone may be a taste that doesn't appeal to everyone, same with Nebbiolo as it comes in B... Read More

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  • Travaglini Gattinara Trevigne 2001

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    Un vino di 13 anni che conserva ancora il profumo di viola selvatica. Un vino dai tannini raffinati, di media persistenza dal colore aranciato diffuso. Sentori di mora e frutti a bacca rossa. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Antoniolo Gattinara San Francesco 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by tuzlukov


  • Now these are proper weekend wines (or birthyear wines: see multiple candidates ... the 1958 we had) is in 'Gattinara' bottles (the mis-shapen bottle typically associated with Gattinara); they have wax capsules, an embossed wax seal on the bottle, and a little pamphlet from the winery on a string around the neck. JW  |  1 in stock  |  $179.99 C... Read More

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  • If I were over there rather than over here, I would've been all over this ... ... along with neighbors Gattinara and Ghemme.  Here, individual villages’ wines differ slightly in grape composition and soil, but the consistant is Spanna, the local, small-berried mutation of Nebbiolo, grown on volcanic terroir.  No cru is large, but Boca is a me... Read More

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  • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 2008

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    2008 Gattinara worth every sip. Enjoy now +8 years cellared. Expect blueberries, vanilla and white pepper first if decanted for 30 mins. Nice job.Travaglini.. William @ Barolo. Read More

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