From: Gattinara, Alto-Piemonte, Italy
93 Points James Suckling
Beautiful freshness and poise to this Gattanara with nutmeg, dried rose petals, saffron and cinnamon. A finely constructed structure follows with velvety, steely tannins and a spiced, chewy finish.
Travaglini Gattinara best expresses the classic qualities of the appellation; it is a wine with marked minerality and complexity. Fragrant and bright, this opens with aromas of rose, red berry and wild herb. It's racy and smooth, offering flavors of red cherry, pomegranate and a tangy mineral note suggesting iron while polished tannins provide lithe support.
The Travaglini family has owned land in Gattinara since the beginning of the 19th century. They farmed a few hectares of land and produced wine for local consumption. The small winery started with Clemente Travaglini, who was succeeded by his son Arturo. It was not until 1958 however, when Arturo’s son, Giancarlo, established the eponymous Travaglini Estate Winery. It was Giancarlo who recognized a greater potential in Gattinara and executed groundbreaking changes in his vineyards and cellar, unseen before in the appellation. For example, he pioneered research into improving viticultural methods, such as high density planting (up to 5,000/HA), 100% hand-harvesting and Guyot vine training; today commonly practiced throughout the Appellation. His passion for Nebbiolo helped raise the profile of Gattinara, a commitment that has been carried on through the generations.
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