Tre Vigne Gattinara 2010
Travaglini - Tre Vigne Gattinara 2010 (91 TSW)
Wine and friends. Here we are enjoying some lovely wines at @andrewinereviews with a nice cheese platter.
Stretching to the northernmost reaches of the Piemonte region and established as a DOCG in 1990, Gattinara is known for producing some of the area’s noblest and finest forms of Nebbiolo. The subalpine climate is mitigated by a good southern exposure and a specifically acidic glacial soil that works wonders with the rounding of Nebbiolo grapes.
The wines of Travaglini are a bit finer in structure than average in Barolo, although they can mature for a long time. They are very precise and refined wines with great subtlety and made with a strong eye for detail. This is evident, among other things, from the special bottle shape that was designed by Travaglini in 1958 and in which the Gattinara's are bottled. The aim is that older wines do not have to be decanted because the sediment remains in the belly of the bottle.
Aged for 40 months, 30 months in Slovenian oak and 20% aged separately for 10 months in French barriques.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a medium brownish, garnet red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of black cherries, plums and blackberries with well integrated hints of earth, cedar and vanilla.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with medium+ tannins and medium acidity. Complex and rounded flavours of blackberries, cherries and smokey wood. Long and lingering finish. Drink now or hold some years in the cellar.
Serve with lamb, pork roulade, veal, duck breast.