2017 Antoniolo Gattinara Riserva "Le Castelle", Piedmont, Italy
ABOUT THIS WINE
This wine is 100% Nebbiolo from the Estate's 'Le Castelle' single vineyard. 'Le Castelle' consists of 1.0 hectacres of 35-40 year old vines in volcanic soil. Fermentation is spontaneous and occurs in cement tanks, with maceration lasting 18 days. The wine is aged for 24 months in mostly used barriques, then for 1 year in 25 hectoliter Slavonian or French oak casks. The wine is further aged for one year in bottle prior to release.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Antoniolo is considered by many to be the most important reference-point estate in Gattinara, Alto Piemonte’s most well-known appellation. It is run by brother and sister team Alberto and Lorella Antoniolo but was established in 1948 by their grandfather Mario. In the 1950s and 60s, when many Italians were fleeing the countryside for work in Piedmont’s factories, Antoniolo was snapping up the area’s best vineyards. By the 1970s, they had an enviable collection of Gattinara’s top crus, including a monopole on the Osso San Grato vineyard. In 1974, Rosanna Antoniolo, Mario’s daughter and Alberto and Lorella’s mother, accepted the suggestion of Italy’s most famous wine journalist, Luigi Veronelli, and bottled her Osso San Grato and San Francesco as single vineyard wines. Though a few producers in the Langhe were already doing this, it was revolutionary for Gattinara. Today the estate has 14 hectares under vine, and brother and sister follow the strict guidelines of their pioneering mother. Fermentations are done slowly in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and all of the Gattinaras are aged as long as Riservas, even if they only started carrying the designation in the 2015 vintage. 4600 cases are produced annually on average.