Gattinara DOCG is a red wine produced in the municipality of Gattinara, in the province of Vercelli, in Piedmont, with Nebbiolo grapes and a small percentage of Vespolina and Uva Rara. It is a wine with a great structure and tannicity, thanks to the grapes used and a territory dedicated to the cultivation of vines since time immemorial.
Its vineyards, just over 100 hectares totally, are distributed on the right bank of the river Sesia, at the foot of the Monte Rosa chain. The soils of volcanic origin - rich in minerals and with a very permeable texture - are crucial for the small berries of Nebbiolo to infuse its characteristic austerity profile to Gattinara.
Its production is subject to the strict constraints of the protocol, which requires the use of grapes grown exclusively between 250 and 550 m altitude, as well as a minimum aging of 35 months (including 24 in wood).
The color is typical of Nebbiolo-based wines, moderately intense red with garnet reflections that increase with aging. The bouquet is intense and complex: on the nose there are notes of dried flowers, rose, violet, fruity notes of cherry and wild berries; the spicy notes of pepper, cloves, tobacco and vanilla are no less intense. The taste is characterized by a high structure and tannicity, which are adequately softened with maturation and aging.
Gattinara DOCG, having undergone a certain period of maturation, pairs very well with savory pasta dishes, savory dishes based on meat, game and aged cheeses.
- Gattinara Riserva
- grapes: 80 quintals/hectare
- vine: 52 hectoliters/hectare
- Gattinara: 35 months (al least 24 in wood)
- Gattinara Riserva: 47 months (at least 36 in wood)
- Gattinara: 12,5%
- Gattinara Riserva: 13,0%
- temperature: 18°C / 64°F
- glass: wide wine glass
- longevity: 10-20 years