Vallana 2012 Gattinara
Vallana is an ultra-traditional producer of fine Nebbiolos making wines from various DOCs and DOCGs in Alto Piemonte. Gattinara is perhaps the most famous of this region's DOC/Gs, although it is only 89 hectares in size you could argue that it punches above its weight. Alas, the family no longer owns any Gattinara vineyards so their remains stocks are being guarded very closely. Unlike some of the other DOC/Gs in this area, Gattinara must be 100% Nebbiolo and like its cousins to the south, Barolo and Barbaresco, it is wine of presence and nobility with long ageing capacity. At 9 years old the wine is still an infant, but already enjoyable with a long 4- 6 hour decant.