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 Tre Vigne Italy Piedmont Gattinara 1999

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    Excellent wine with full fruity nose, smooth texture, balanced tannins. Competes easily with other nebbiolo varieties Read More

    Wine review by meneghini


  • Giancarlo Travaglini Gattinara DOCG 2003

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    Outstanding, berry. Similar in style to excellent Oregon Pinot Noirs. Perfect with red meat. Needs to decant. Read More

    Wine review by tedjs


  • Is anyone familiar with gattinaras proudced by Anzivino, the 2001 in particular? Read More

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  • Travaglini Gattinara Selezione 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by jha


  • Ok, so I am delinquent. I have been so busy preparing for my trip to drink ... ... begin with the 1957 Monsecco Gattinara which opens with a very evolved nose of sweet tea, leathery autumnal notes balanced by a sharp, spiced, sandlewood notes. There is a touch of cassis lurking and notes of roasted pear and even a hint of rubber here. In the m... Read More

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  • Gattinara Giancarlo Travaglini 1971

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    Very reticent at first with a sweet and astringent fruit note over oystershell with a touch of cigar ash. The roasted cherry fruit does come to life but remains a bit low key on the nose. In the mouth this starts out a bit clumsily with good chewy fruit and nicely nuanced black pepper and smoke notes framing the fruit. It gains sweetness to the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Colline Gattinara Monsecco Conte Ravizza 1957

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    opens with a very evolved nose of sweet tea, leathery autumnal notes balanced by a sharp, spiced, sandlewood notes. There is a touch of cassis lurking and notes of roasted pear and even a hint of rubber here. In the mouth this is light and bright with tons of wild strawberry and sour cherry fruit still in evidence. There is a decided jolly ranch... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004

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    3 starsAppearance: medium- ruby slight brickNose: medium- intensity aromas of sour cherry, cinnamon, licoricePalate: medium- tannins, flavors of sour cherry, warm spice Read More

    Wine review by lglover


  • If ever a visit with a man would make me more inclined to enjoy his wines it ... ... since the faux antique gattinara bottle made decanting a challenge. This offers up deep aromatics, tarry and filled with strawberry jam, tight at first with emerging notes of menthol, smoke, and mineral. A decidely richer palate impression with a dark, muscul... Read More

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  • Travaglini Gattinera 2004

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    Wine review by sveinove


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