2013 ANTONIO VALLANA SPANNAAntonio Vallana
Producer: Giuseppina Vallana
Grape: Spanna (Nebbiolo) 100%
Region: Monte Rosa, Alto Piedmont
Zone: Spanna DOC
As the Vallana family explains, Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo, is a grape of terroir. While the Langhe showcases a beautiful expression, especially in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, no list is complete without the wines of Alto Piemonte. Here, at the base of the Alps, at the foot of Monte Rosa, where the Mediterranean and Continental climates meet, Alto Piemonte takes on a charming and highly aromatic character. Alto Piemonte has acidic soils, rather than the alkaline soils of the Langhe, giving the wine its acid backbone and ultimately the structure and character that adds to the age ability. These vineyard sites are on gently sloping terraces along the left bank of the river Sesia and Lake Maggiore. Vallana owns vineyard sites within Colline Novaresi including the 2 important crus of Boca and Gattinara.
Vallana’s Colline Novaresi DOC is 100% Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo in the Alto Piemonte. The grapes come exclusively from the Colline Novaresi DOC, a growing area characterized by old vines and high altitudes. The Colline Novaresi is the left bank of the river Sesia, while across the river is Coste della Sesia Spanna, home to the well-known Ghemme region.
Tasting note: This ruby red wine shows a deep aroma, with spices and red fruit. Gentle and persistent on the palate, the flavour reminds dried fruit and red/black fruit.
“Intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”—Robert Parker
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: The soil of the moraines is rich in iron and other micro-elements essential to the growth of the grapevine. The porphyrite rock contained in the moraine causes the acid condition of the soil, which is a peculiarity of this area, as in most wine-growing regions (even in southern Piedmont) the soil is alkaline.
Production: After a 24 hour cold soak, the must is moved to cement tanks for fermentation. Each fermenting vessel carefully bubbles under a watchful eye and decisions about pumping or stirring vary based on the evolution of each batch. The Colline Novaresi is aged for six months in large oak casks (5-12 hectoliters) before being bottled. The wine is released after two years of bottle maturation.
Alcohol (%) 12.5%