The big wine news out of Italy last month was the acquisition of the legendary Nervi estate by Roberto Conterno, the most famous name in Barolo. Roberto has been helping the former owners for the past few years, which goes a long way to explain our fascination with these wines recently. We have offered this wine various times in the past and hope Roberto keeps prices somewhat the same in the future. For now, we have the last of the profound 2013 Nervi Gattinara available in both 750ml and 1.5ml. (The magnums have the beautiful throw-back artwork from the 30's on the label.)
Nervi is the oldest winery in the Gattinara DOCG area. It was founded by Luigi Nervi in 1906 and covers 28 hectares of Nebbiolo vines in the Casacce, Garavoglie, Molsino and Valferana vineyards. At the foothills of Monterosa, Europe’s second highest mountain, the vines enjoy sunny days, cool nights, thermic breeze and good drainage on steep slopes. With plenty of volcanic gravel and high clay content in the soil, Nervi’s vineyards are unique in an Italian oenological context. The mineral rich soil lends itself to producing elegant Nebbiolo wines of particular longevity, a characteristic of Nervi´s Gattinara. These wines represent a part of the history of Italian winemaking and some of the greatest values in the Italian vinous landscape.