The Valtellina vineyard called Inferno.

'Na Gotta de Bon Veun: Alto Piemonte, Carema, and Valtellina

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Very occassionally Italian dialects are not impenetrable, like the example above, from the Vallee d'Aosta, taken from the label for an old bottle of Ghiglieri Donnaz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Nebbiolos age well, often very well (this is a good place to confess that I don't know what the Ghiglieri Donnaz is made from. It might have some Nebbiolo in it, and Petit Arvine, Cornalin, Pinot Nero, etc). They are lighter in structure than Barolo and Barbaresco but this can make for some elegant and ethereal wines. In Alto Piemonte (Boca, Bramaterra Gattinara, Ghemme, Lessona, “Spanna”, etc), Nebbiolo gets enriched with some local grapes which lend color and depth; the mountain wines from Carema and the Valtellina are 100% Nebbiolo. We gotta some good wine! Jamie Wolff

 

 

 

 

 

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Nervi 1964 Gattinara

The color has faded to a soft ruby with rosy hues, but this vintage has aged quite gracefully. Aromatically, it's quite lifted with maraschino cherry fruit and porcini undertones. On the palate, it's a bit denser and structured with stewed cherry, and carob/dark chocolate flavors. Although it's reached maturity, the wine is still quite fresh and could hold on for another 10 years. A testament to Gattinara's oldest producer and the ageability of Nebbiolo in Alto Piemonte. Jonas Mendoza

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Nervi 1964 Spanna Stravecchio

There's a similar litheness and elegance to Nervi's 1964 Gattinara, but the development is more advanced with darker fruit and richer dark chocolate notes and flavors. The tannins have nicely resolved; a solid birth year wine or a vino da meditazione for Nebbiolo's ability to age. Jonas Mendoza

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Nervi 1965 Gattinara

Although 1965 was a far from acclaimed vintage in the Alto Piemonte, this Nervi wine is a testament that producer can overcome the shortcomings of nature. Quite developed, there's secondary and tertiary flavors of stewed black cherry, pipe tobacco, and beef bouillon cube. The fruit has firmly resolved, but there's still prominent acidity and structure in this more than fifty-year-old wine. Jonas Mendoza

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Nervi 1976 Gattinara

This was among the first vintages after Italo Nervi passed away in 1975 and left the winery to five of his cousins, his secretary Carla Ferrero, and the consulting oenologist Giorgio Aleata. A quite ripe Gattinara with lots of dark fruit on the palate (ripe blackberry, dried black cherry, brandied cherry). A bit weightier than those from from the 1960s. Jonas Mendoza

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Ghiglieri nv Vino Donnaz

This wine does not have a vintage indicated on the label. Judging from the style of the label itself (and the vague recollection of the former owner) it may be from the 1950s.

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