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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. 
Gattinara is primarily Nebbiolo (here called Spanna) with small percentages of Bonarda di Gattinara and Vespolina. They are required to reach a minimum 12.5% ABV, with at least 12 months in barrel, minimum 36 months total aging. The Riservas are a minimum 13% ABV with at least 24 months in barrel, minimum 48 months total aging. 
Gattinara is characterized by well balanced tannins and acidity, with deep, dark fruits. Hints of violets round out the finish. These wines have rewarding ageworthy potential, with tannins and acidity smoothing out over time to rich, velvety lusciousness.~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Private Wine Dinner / Tasting at Gugino (New York) with Cinzia Travaglini of Travaglini Gattinara with Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke nad Gugino Chef Luigi ... Tasted Travaglini Gatttinara 2007, Travaglini Nebbiolo Coste della Sesia, Gattinara Reserva 2006, and Travaglini "il Sogno" 2006 ... All wines from Cinzia Travaglini who Hosted Daniel and Luigi at Trattoria Gugino in Tribeca, New York, NY .... Awesome GATTINARA from Travaglini, Tasty PIZZA, Pasta, Truffles, and Antipasto from Luigi and Gugino ... A great event. Gattinara Comes to New York .. Daniel Bellino Zwicke Author: La TAVOLA and The Feats of The 7 Fish, Broadway Fifth Press ....

– Description from xpicassox

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