Gattinara "Il Putto", Delsignore
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Gattinara "Il Putto", Delsignore - 2017

Item # 37334 750mL

The Gattinara zone is located in the northwest of Piedmont. Here, Nebbiolo goes by the name of Spanna and the wines express themselves uniquely due to the volcanic, chalk and iron-lade soils. Aged for three years in both old casks and bottle before release. You'll find aromas of herbs, chinato even and a chalky mineral on the finish.

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In my perennial quest for aromatic, floral reds, finding this Gattinara feels like uncovering some rare orchid in a swamp. It's an absolute steal. For a fraction of the price of fellow Piedmonte cousins Barolo and Barbaresco, DOCG Gattinara in the northwest offers similar if not greater longevity due to especially robust tannins and acidity nurtured in an ideal climate for Nebbiolo. Iron-rich soils infuse a rustic minerality, yet this is a somewhat more aromatic expression of the grape. An elegant bouquet of violets, roses, herbs, olives, and anise blooms from the glass to complement tertiary earthy notes on the palate. A great value that's ready to drink now.

- SJF

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Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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