Gattinara DOCG

Torraccia del Piantavigna is a family-owned, eco-friendly estate, founded in 1997 by Alessandro Francoli of the Luigi Francoli Distillery. It is located in the foothills of Monte Rosa in the Alta Piemonte area, which is known for longstanding winemaking traditions and elegant world-class wines. The area features a continental climate tempered by cool mountain breezes – which also favor excellent day/night temperature swings – and fluvial, alluvial soils, rich in minerals, that lead to age-worthy wines due to opulent tannins and excellent acid profiles. The wines, styled by enologist Mattia Donna and consulting enologist Beppe Caviola, have a clean and elegant style, partly due to the use of medium-sized Allier oak casks, which allow for long and gentle maturation.

Gattinara is a small appellation extending only 101 hectares (250 acres) along the hillsides. The soils are predominantly volcanic in origin and the vineyards alternate with woods. The grapes are generally small, and compact leading to austere wines with strong tannins and heaps of character and complexity. The winery aims to feature the inherent characteristics of the grape, including its minerally nature.

Torraccia del Piantavigna Gattina DOCG ages three years in oak casks and features a ruby red color and an intense yet elegant nose with a hint of violet. Dry and harmonious on the palate.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast93
  • 2007 | James Suckling93
  • 2015 | Wine Advocate92
Grape Varieties:

100% Nebbiolo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Maceration technique:

Remontage

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Type of oak:

French (Allier)

Aging before bottling:

36 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Sustainable Farming

Vineyard location:

Estate-owned vineyards Gerbidoni and Lurghe, located in Gattinara

Vineyard size:

About 3 hectares (7 acres)

Soil composition:

Porphyry, syenite, and quartz

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

320-380 meters (1,050-1,250 feet) above sea level

Exposure:

Southwestern

Years planted:

2000-2008

Time of harvest:

Early October

Total yearly production (in bottles):

26,000

Tasting notes:

Garnet red in color with a golden rim that develops with aging, the wine has a fine and pleasant nose, with a hint of violets. On the palate, it is dry and harmonious..

Serving temperature:

Best served at 18-20 °C (64.4 - 68 °F).

Food pairings:

Pair with grilled and braised meat, game, seasoned cheeses

Aging potential:

Upwards of 10 years

Alcohol:

14%

Winemaker:

Mattia Donna