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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  • 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


    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

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  • Antoniolo Gattinara San Francesco 2008


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  • 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


    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

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 2008


    Exactly what I (we Barolo Rist.) needed this weekend. The Gattinara was subtle and full light with feistiness that was enjoyed. -I am really happy to serve this 100% Nebbiolo not sure what to expect. - Wine notes. Blueberry, White pepper and vanilla. Full mouth feel for a light body wine. Alive... Read More

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  • Met with Cinzia Travaglini and Antonia from Palm Bay Imports for a dinner and ... most improtant wine, their Gattinara normale vintage 2007, it was wonderful and a wine that we sell quite a lot at our restaurant. It was then on to the Gattinara Reserva 2006, a great wine. Cinzia then tasted me on the Gattinara Tre Vigna, a Gattinara made of 3 ... Read More

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