Loaded with finesse, this luminous, structured wine opens with enticing aromas of pressed rose, wild berry, clove and a balsamic note. The polished, delicious palate smacks of raspberry jelly, wild cherry, cinnamon and star anise alongside bright acidity and lithe tannins. A mineral note energizes the lingering finish. Drink 2018?2029.
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Gattinara "Tre Vigne" D.O.C.G.
Grape Varieties100% Nebbiolo
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, this wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 20-24 months in Slovenian oak casks, then one year in bottle
ColorGarnet red with ruby highlights
NoseAromas of ripe berries and bitter cherries
PalateComplex flavors of ripe black cherry, smoke, spice and mushroom, with some earthy tones. Bold and concentrated, with a long, smooth finish
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %
Serving SuggestionsA perfect match for steak, lamb, roasted vegetables and aged cheeses