Antoniolo Gattinara Castelle 2007
This is made exclusively from Nebbiolo from the Castelle cru. The soils are mostly mornaic and volcanic. Most of the vines enjoy southwest exposure. The must is fermented in a temperature-controlled tank, with a 10-12 day period of maceration. The wine is pumped over daily for more thorough fermentation as well as better color extraction. The wine is aged for 24 months in barriques, then cellared in bottle for one year before release.
External Reviews for Antoniolo Gattinara Castelle
The estate's 2007 Gattinara Le Castelle flows with black cherries, mint, flowers, spices and vanillin. The mid-weight, translucent style is nicely fleshed out in this undeniably attractive, dazzling wine. The Castelle becomes more and more radiant as... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2007 Antoniolo Gattinara Vigneto Castelle 750ml
Piedmont, ItalyAntoniolo Gattinara Castelle 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. Its sibling, Osso San Grato, in 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! Galloni rated this wine 93 points, calling it an "undeniably attractive, dazzling wine."Antoniolo Gattinara Castelle is garnet red in color with a nose of black cherry, violet, leather, tobacco and floral notes. It is full in body with bright acidity, velvety tannins, and rich flavors of raspberries, cherries, plums, marzipan 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 2012-2027. It is long and rich on the finish.Enjoy Antoniolo Gattinara Castelle with osso bucco, lasagna, veal chops and aged cheeses.