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2012 Gattinara

Franco Patriarca

2012 Gattinara Franco Patriarca - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


If Barolo is like a refined and trained Great Dane, Gattinara is a stoic, yet wild gray wolf. Located in the Alto Piemonte, deep into the foothills of the Alps, the winemakers of Gattinara relish their apartness from the other top wines of the region. They insist on using the local name for the Nebbiolo grape—Spanna—and the wines, though undeniably Piemontese, have a rustic edge. Franco Patriarca is one of the leaders of a movement to bring attention to this little-known DOCG. To say his wine is rare is an understatement. Of the total 250 cases that he makes, we have only 5 for our retail shop. Though we might not be able to get you a case, call your salesperson soon to secure a few bottles. –Clark Z. Terry


  • Vintage 2012
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend 98% Spanna (Nebbiolo), 2% Vespolina/Uva Rara
  • Appellation Gattinara
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • Vineyard 30-60 years, 2.5 ha
  • Soil Porphyry (Volcanic soil)
  • Winemaker Franco Patriarca
  • Aging Wine ages for 36 months in 10 or 20 HL botte that are between 15 and 30 years old
  • Farming Sustainable

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