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Snooth User: Jascha

Gattinara question

Posted by Jascha, Jun 18, 2009.

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


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 18, 2009.

I don't recall trying the 2001 in particular but Anzivino generally produces well made, slightly modern, slightly oaky wines and their Gattinara is no exception. It's a solid wine if you enjoy that style.

Reply by PergoleTorte79, Jun 19, 2009.

I don't know Anzivino, but I'm enjoying the 01 Travaglini Riserve quite a bit. A little primary, but the fruit is pretty rich

Reply by GregT, Jun 20, 2009.

jascha - I tried to send you a message in resp to your question but kept getting a reply that I'm only sending it to myself. Software problem?

Anyhow, don't know that wine. Have had some of the Anzivino and of course some gattinara, but don't know that vintage of the wine. Sorry.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Jun 22, 2009.

I'd be anxious to know more about this varietal as well. I was unfamiliar with it, but did pick up a 1998 Travaglini Gattinara. Once I open it, I'll post a review. Anyone else familiar with this wine should speak up!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 22, 2009.

Gattinara is made from Nebbiolo, same as Barolo and Barbaresco though here they sometimes call it Spanna and may add up to 10% of other grapes, vespolina and croatina usually, to the blend.

The 98 Travaglini is a solid bottle of Nebbiolo, good for today or 10 years from now.

Reply by Eric Guido, Jun 22, 2009.

And if you like Gattinara, then you need to try Ghemme. Another Nebbiolo based wine from Northern Piedmont. I'm a big fan of the bottle in the link below.

Reply by GregT, Jun 22, 2009.

I won't presume to take issue with anything Greg has to say when it comes to nebbiolo, so I'll just add that the Travaglini is one of the better buys around, and consistently, so if you want to get a general idea of the grape without paying major prices, that's a good bet.

And FWIW, there are many producers who release unclassified nebbiolo and those can be some of the greatest buys in the market. There are 2-3 producers I buy regularly for house wine.

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