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Travaglini
Gattinara D.O.C.G.
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
Grape Varieties100% Nebbiolo
AppellationGattinara DOCG
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DescriptionTravaglini is a family-owned wine estate in the tiny Gattinara appellation within north Italy's renowned Piedmont region. Established in the 1920s by Clemente Travaglini, the winery is Gattinara's most esteemed producer of traditional, limited-production wines from the nebbiolo grape (known locally as spanna). The family's passion for winemaking has not diminished through the generations; Cristina and Cinzia Travaglini, great-granddaughters of Clemente, manage day-to-day operations at winery. Cinzia's husband Massimo Collauto is chief winemaker, a role he inherited from his late father-in-law and beloved mentor, Giancarlo Travaglini (winemaker at Travaglini for 45 years). Giancarlo's wife, Lilliana, oversees vineyard operations. Travaglini wines are easily recognized by their distinctive bottle shape, featuring a unique curve that fits naturally in the palm of the hand and serves to catch sediment during decanting. Designed by a glassmaker to celebrate the excellent 1952 vintage, the bottle was so well received that family decided to keep it as their trademark.
VinificationFollowing traditional red fermentation, the wine is aged for three years in large Slavonian oak. Further refinement in bottle for one year.
ColorDeep ruby red with garnet reflections
NoseAromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather
PalateFull-bodied, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and smooth finish
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.0 %
Bottle size
750 ml, 1.5 L, 3.0 L
Serving SuggestionsOutstanding with red meat, game and hard cheeses