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Travaglini, Gattinara Selezione, Piedmont 2017
Deep ruby-red color with garnet reflections. On the nose it has a charming and structured bouquet recalling red fruit, blackberry, plum and liquorice with hints of vanilla, cream and leather. On the palate it is medium-bodied, dry and deep flavor with a fruity accent underlined by a slightly sapid character Great depth and a long and persistent aftertaste.
The climate is typical of the piedmont area. It permits an even distribution of precipitation between both spring and autumn, and a ventilation of the vineyard supported by almost daily “descending” winds brought about by the Alpine bow. In the winter, snow is frequent, which supports the slow process of sedimentation of the soil.
Harvest begins in the first part of October. The grapes are crushed and macerated for about 15 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. The wine is aged for two years in Slovenian oak of different origin and size, then one year in bottle before release.
Travaglini cultivates roughly 48 hectares out of a total of only 100 hectares for the whole Gattinara DOCG, and has always made richer wines than most in the area; indeed, his wines often had an uncanny resemblance to those of Barbaresco in decades past.
The wines are traditionally crafted with medium to long maceration times and are aged in large Slavonian oak casks. The Nebbiolo is complex and refined with classic full body and palate. The three Gattinara versions made at Travaglini are simply outstanding examples of Old World, traditionally crafted, red wines that age gracefully while gaining complexity as time passes.