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Antoniolo Gattinara 2005

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Pale garnet red in color the San Francesco has an intense nose with frank fruity aromas of ripe plum black sour cherry and sweet spices. Delicate and well balanced on the palate the wine is soft and harmonious intensely flavored with good length. The San Francesco would make a particularly good match for pasta dishes with meat sauce.

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External Reviews for Antoniolo Gattinara

External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
08/11/2011

Piedmont, ItalyAntoniolo Gattinara Osso San Grato is a wonderful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from the Gattinara appellation of Piedmont, located far north of the Barolo/ Barbaresco zones in the Alpine foothills close to Lago Maggiore. This Italian red wine gem from the 2005 vintage just earned the ultimate honor for Italian wines, winning Red Wine of the Year from Gambero Rosso, which also awarded the wine its coveted top rating, Tre Bicchieri. Antonio Galloni for Wine Advocate calls Antoniolo "a reference-point producer for first-class Gattinara." Burton Anderson in The Wine Atlas of Italy calls Rosanna Antoniolo "the most dynamic winemaker" in Gattinara. The Gattinara appellation has produced Nebbiolo wines since the 12th century, but its tiny total of 120 hectares is splintered among 100 owners, of whom only 15 bottle their own wines. Antoniolo is truly the benchmark producer with exceptional holdings in the appellation's 3 greatest crus: Osso San Grato, San Francesco and Castelle. This release is very limited!Antoniolo Gattinara Osso San Grato is garnet red in color with a nose of black cherry, dried rose, violet, leather and floral notes. It is full in body with bright acidity, velvety tannins, and rich flavors of raspberries, cherries, anise, oak and spice. Aged in oak barrels for 30 months followed by one year in bottles, this big red will reward several years of cellaring and drink best from 2010-2025. It is long and rich on the finish.Enjoy Antoniolo Gattinara Osso San Grato with osso bucco, lasagna, veal chops and aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
11/05/2010

Gattinara is the little brother to Barbaresco and Barolo. Also made from 100% Nebbiolo, the wine is powerful with the classic regional flavors of tar and roses.



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Pale garnet red in color the San Francesco has an intense nose with frank fruity aromas of ripe plum black sour cherry and sweet spices. Delicate and well balanced on the palate the wine is soft and harmonious intensely flavored with good length. The San Francesco would make a particularly good match for pasta dishes with meat sauce.

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