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There's a very interesting article called "Italy's Best Kept Secret" in
a new free online men's lifestyle magazine called HE. You can find it
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www.hemagazine.net


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Interesting...but in my experience, Gattinara has been
disappointing-thin and weak tasting. However, years ago, I used to
love the Spannas of Lorenzo Vallana. Whatever happened to them?

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Both the elderly Dessilani & Vallana passed in the mid 80's--Nephew making
wine @ Dessilani. Guy Fogarty, English son in law winemaker @
Vallana---Prior to 1967 when DOC rules were in effect---both wineries used
grapes from the South to lend some heft to Gattinara, Ghemme & Spanna.

Antoniolo & Traviglini make good Gattinara.
Anjelo Gaja purchased the winery, Le Colline, which was excellent. I know
Le Colline owned some vineyards near Gaja, I'm sure Gaja has integrated the
Barbaresco into his bottlings---Don't know what he did with Gattinara
vineyards.

Most wine drinkers who like the weight & tannins of Barolo/Barbaresco, find
wines of Novara-Vercelli(Gattinara etc) too light. Both the Wine Advocate &
Wine Spectator are not champions of Gattinara. English writers more
receptive.

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Interesting...but in my experience, Gattinara has been
disappointing-thin and weak tasting. However, years ago, I used to
love the Spannas of Lorenzo Vallana. Whatever happened to them?





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