Nervi-Conterno Gattinara Valferana 2016
100% Nebbiolo. Nervi is a historic, benchmark Gattinara producer possessing some of the most prized vineyard holdings in all of the appellation. The winery was founded in 1906 by Italo Nervi and is the oldest Cantina in Gattinara, though many of the vineyards had already been in the family dating back as far as 1679. Recently, the group that owned the winery decided to sell it and, wanting to see it fall into good hands, felt it was best to offer it first to the legendary Roberto Conterno. While Roberto had not been actively seeking out a new winery, the opportunity to acquire such a historic estate with great vineyard holdings of Nebbiolo was too hard to pass up. Roberto’s aim, along with his sons, is to apply the same fastidious attention to detail and quality to the wines of Nervi as he does to those of the Giacomo Conterno estate. The wines are already traditional, pure, and age-worthy and they are surely only going to get better from here! The winery focuses on three Gattinara bottlings – Gattinara, Gattinara Molsino, and Gattinara Valferana. Valferana’s open west-facing slopes can trace its history as far back as 1231 with documents proving its worthiness. This cool terroir produces a very elegant and mineral Gattinara to complement the more potent Molsino. After fermentation, the wine is aged for four years in Slavonian oak botti. Roberto’s incessant drive to improve—and his masterful touch and perfectionist attention to detail in both vineyard and cellar—will surely bring even greater glory to this historic Gattinara estate.