2017 Nervi Gattinara
2017 was a warm vintage, so the wine maker, Roberto, decided not to produce and single vineyard wines, and instead blend his two best vineyards – Molsino and Valferana- into his 2017 Gattinara.
The result is immediately approachable, with beautiful aromatics of dark currents and plums, grilled herbs and a hint of warm earth. Silky and supple, but with that characteristic Nebbiolo edge, it is both charming and delicious, drinking now but capable of many more years. You’ll want to drink it now though.
“The 2017 Gattinara is terrific. It will also give readers something to drink without waiting decades. In 2017, the Gattinara is a bit richer than it often is - the result of the warm dry year - but its profile is super-classic. Sweet pipe tobacco, mint, dried herbs, licorice, dried cherry and Alpine herbs fill out its ample frame effortlessly. I would give the 2017 a few years in bottle, but it won't need more than that to start drinking well. In 2017, Roberto Conterno did not bottle his vineyard-designates. Instead, all the best lots went into the straight Gattinara, an overachieving wine that delivers the goods. I don't expect the 2017 will be among the most long-lived wines here, but that will hardly be an issue for most readers.”
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Ideal with Red Meat, Game.
Grape variety Nebbiolo.
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