2014 Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne
Sourced of fruit from three historic vineyard sites characterized by the reddish, iron-rich soils that you find in the Gattinara appellation. This wine is very expressive or reflective of the house style. It reveals a beautiful array of aromas from pressed rose and violet to rusted nail or crushed rock. This vintage is a little lighter and more fragile compared to warmer years, but the focused elegance. Suggests a near or medium-term drinking window for this vintage.
Travaglini Gattinara best expresses the classic qualities of the appellation; it is a wine with marked minerality and complexity. Deep ruby red in color with garnet reflections. On the nose, aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather. Full-bodied palate, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and smooth finish. Outstanding with red meat, game, and hard cheeses.
Winemaker: Massimo Caulloto
Driven by a passion for exceptional Nebbiolo, the Travaglini family has been producing remarkable, limited-production wines from their eponymous estate in Gattinara for four generations. Gattinara plays an important role in Italian viticulture, but until a couple decades after the turn of the century, this beautiful region of Alto Piemonte was nearly forgotten. A winemaking region older than Barolo, Gattinara covered almost 600 hectares by the end of the 1800’s, making it one of the largest in Northern Europe. The phylloxera plague, coupled with a devastating hail storm in 1905, completely destroyed the region and wine production in Gattinara was abandoned.