Travaglini Gattinara 2012
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A deep pomegranate red wine; medium-bodied wine shows good depth in its red fruit. Soft silky tannins, with a good structure and intense mineral fragrance. Pair with, red meat, poultry and game, and cheese.
You instantly recognize the wines of Travaglini, thanks to its distinctive bottle. In 1958, Giancarlo Travaglini created a bottle with a unique asymmetrical shape that serves as a storage vessel and a decanter for wine. There is a shallow hump in the side of the bottle that serves to catch any sediment during pouring. Today, the estate is run by Cinzia Travaglini and her winemaker husband Massimo. They farm 44 hectares of vines in the Gattinara appellation. The vast majority is Nebbiolo, but they also farm small parcels of Vespolina and Uva Rara. The vines range from six to 45 years in age.
Wine Advocate90 points from Robert Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate! - This wine represents Travaglini's existential raison d'être. The 2012 Gattinara is a pure expression of Nebbiolo sourced from the various vineyards across this estate's holdings. The wine sees two and a half years of aging in large oak (with 10% in barrique). The color here is dark garnet, and the bouquet offers good complexity with dried fruit, spice and crushed mineral. The finish is long and silky. Vines range from 12 years to 45 years old in age.