We are used to hear about the italian Gattinara DOCG named after the town where it is produced. One of the red wines from Piemonte region, northern Italy, made with the indigenous Nebbiolo, the grape variety behind the most important wines and classifications of the region including Barolo and Barbaresco produced in the neighboring areas.
We are less used to drink sparkling wines produced starting from Nebbiolo and this is why I have approached Cantina Delsignore winery with high interest as since 2011 (even if founded in the 2009) they have been producing a Classic Method from Nebbiolo called Rosè, very rich and fruity.
Nebbiolo is one of the main ambassadors of the italian wine production in the world and beyond the notorious names, Cantina Delsignore is gaining more and more attention with a production of just 18.000 bottles per year (on average).
I have so tried their sparkling wine along with the red Gattinara DOCG, please find here some short impressions:
- Rosè V.S.Q. Metodo classico Millesimato 2014 – Extra Brut: rich bouquet delineated by flavours of roses, cranberry, raspberry and red orange juice, as well as pastry and a minty finish. A sweet touch is the result of notes of strawberry jam although the smoky hints. On the palate is rustic and dry with a certain acidity and a long finish mainly characterized by wild strawberries
- Gattinara DOCG “Il Putto Vendemmiatore” 2013: garnet as expected. Powerful and deep on the nose where it shows clear hints of tar and charred wood; then black fruits and kirsch, sweet and pungent spices, licorice and mushroom and even a meaty touch. No room for contrived flavours. An intense wine, austere and “gastronomic” that asks for a longer period to get better integrated and smoother but showing a good potential for ageing also proved by the compact and long finish that also demonstrate the good quality level.
Wine samples have been kindly submitted by the company