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Nervi-Conterno, Gattinara, 2015 (1.5L)

$148.99

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In early 2018, Nebbiolo lovers everywhere became happier than a pig in truffles, when news broke that Roberto Conterno, of iconic Barolo cantina Giacomo Conterno, had officially purchased the historic Nervi estate in Gattinara.

One of Roberto’s many admirable traits is his commitment to uphold the meticulous standards that have earned the Conterno family wines their legendary status. He does not take expansion lightly, acquiring new vineyards with a level of deliberation and forethought that would make Daniel Day-Lewis’ role choices seem like hasty decisions.

In fact, Roberto has had a long relationship with Nervi, as somewhat of an unofficial advisor and close friend for many years prior to becoming the winemaker of this ancient estate, with holdings in the appellation’s most revered crus.

Of the ‘Alto Piemonte’ regions (those north of Barolo in the foothills of the Alps separating Italy and Switzerland), Gattinara is arguably the most exciting, thanks to its unique terroir: a vein of volcanic gravel, on steep, high-elevation slopes. The effect of extreme climate swings coax a distinct minerality and a tender fragility from nebbiolo, all without compromising their longevity. Indeed, some of the finest old nebbiolo we’ve experienced have been Nervi bottlings dating back to the cantina’s heydays of the 50’s and 60’s.

While talk of great terroir is certainly relevant, what cannot be overstated is that Conterno is unquestionably one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

Unfortunately, there have never really been days of affordable Conterno nebbiolo...until now. His masterful approach and studious dedication makes this third bottling of Nervi-Conterno a truly exciting chapter.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The weather in Gattinara is often unexpected. For example, in 2017 it rained more in this area than it did in Barolo. This vintage was more tempered, and this 2015 Gattinara comes across as pretty, elegant and soft, with light notes of berries and a pretty ashy signature. This particular expression of Nebbiolo would be a good choice for lamb....Starting in 2018, the Nervi estate is fully under the control of Roberto Conterno of the Giacomo Conterno estate in Monforte d'Alba."" -Monica Larner

Wine Spectator

WS 94
""Haunting aromas of rose, wild cherry, kirsch, mineral and leather are the hallmarks of this silky, elegant red, which is linear and balanced, extending on the finish with notes of fruit, spice, mineral and tobacco. Very harmonious. Drink now through 2033. 5,000 cases made."" -Bruce Sanderson

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Nebbiolo
ORGANIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
Sourced from the Molsino, Valferana, Garavoglie, and Casacce vineyards.
ORIENTATION
Varying expositions at 290-420 meters in elevation.
SOIL
Volcanic soil rich in minerals and clay - with good drainage.
VITICULTURE
Hand-harvested.
VINIFICATION
Gentle destemming and crushing, fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. Macerated for a minimum of 15 days following the completion of alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation following alcoholic fermentation, in oak barrels.
AGING
Aged for 30 months in large oak barrels.
PRODUCTION
7,083 cases made.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    1.5L

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Pair With

    Drink With Red Meat

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied