Nervi Conterno Gattinara DOCG Piedmont, Italy 2017
VINTAGE : 2017
COUNTRY : Italy
REGION/APPELLATION : Gattinara
VARIETALS : 100% Nebbiolo
VINEYARD : Gattinara Molsino , Gattinara Valferana, Garavoglie and Casacce
There is no more revered name in Piedmont today than Roberto Conterno. Roberto is descended from two winemaking greats , grandfather Giacomo and father Giovanni. He is the third generation of the Conterno family to fashion what are for many the ultimate and purest expressions of Barolo. So, for Roberto to venture outside Barolo, it would have to be somewhere very special—a place of great terroir, history and, most important, the Nebbiolo grape. Everyone knows the standard set in Barolo and Barbaresco, but the forgotten appellations further north also have vast potential. Of these, Gattinara is surely the greatest. And that’s exactly what he found in the ancient Nervi estate, which he purchased in early 2018.
Founded in 1906, Nervi is the oldest cantina in Gattinara Made by strictly old-school methods, including lengthy fermentations and three to four years aging in neutral Slovenian oak. These wines have consistently been among the great Nebbiolos of the Piemonte region. The winery focuses on three bottlings – Gattinara, Gattinara Molsino and Gattinara Valferana. The single-vineyard bottlings contain the best fruit from those vineyards whereas the third bottling contains the best fruit from Garavoglie and Casacce as well as some wine declassified from the Molsino and Valferan vineyards.
In 2017, Roberto Conterno did not bottle his vineyard-designates. Instead, all the best lots went into the straight Gattinara that we present today