Gattinara, Vallana, Piedmont, Italy 2007

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Gattinara, Vallana, Piedmont, Italy 2007


Mature Barolo is a wonderful thing, but mature Barolo is also an expensive thing. Here's a fantastic alternative that you can enjoy in the same way as you might a serious old Barolo or Barbaresco, but without forking out silly money for it: Empty the bottle into a flat-bottomed decanter and let it breathe for an hour, while you prepare some pappardelle alla boscaiola, then pour the wine into a wide-bowled glass, but before you take a sip, hold it up to the light and take in the beautiful colour of aged Nebbiolo, a sort of shiny ox-blood tapering to pale terracotta. A couple of swirls will release mellow autumnal aromas that lead you to a palate that shows all the qualities that the even ripening season of 2007 has conferred, as well as long-ageing in large oak casks. Sweet cherries and sauteed plums meet scuffed leather, loose tea. autumn leaves and wood polish in a rich and rewardingly complex wine. Time has softened the tannins and amplified the flavours to give you a very grand experience. Gattinara sits at higher altitude than Barolo, so it can suffer from underripeness in cooler vintages, but there's not a hint of that here. Glorious stuff! 13% alc. Drink now-2025+

Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin):
“Rosehip tea and chipotle and hibiscus – exceptional, spellbinding on the bouquet alone. Thrumming with spice in a silken web of tannins, rose petals and fading cherries. A wine that finds half-forgotten stories, drifting memories, and weaves poetry from the fragments. Hauntingly beautiful. Drink 2013-2025” 17.5 points

Vinous: “Vallana's 2007 Gattinara is delicious, bold and forward. Burly tannins give the Gattinara a slightly rustic edge. Even so, there is enough depth for the 2007 to drink well for another decade or so. There is a slightly roasted quality to the fruit and a bit of burliness in the tannin, and yet all the elements are nicely balanced, which makes Vallana's Gattinara a good choice for readers who enjoy wines with the aromatic complexity that develops in bottle.” 90 points

Customer comments:

“I drank an excellent bottle of the Gattinara at the weekend.” - Mr. T.F.

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