Cantina Delsignore Spanna La Crotta 2018

To say that I am a sucker for the wines of the Alto piedmont would be an understatement. From Carema, to Gattinara, Ghemme, Lessona, and this stunning Spanna (local slang for Nebbiolo) there is something absolutely compelling about these Nebbiolo based wines. While their neighbors further south in Barolo and Barbaresco tend to be bigger, brawnier versions of the grape, here in the foothills of the alps the Nebbiolo finds an altogether different expression. While the fundamental aromas and flavors have a definite Nebbiolo character, the structure tends to be almost Burgundian, slightly rustic, with beautiful dried herbs and flowers on the nose and unmistakable stony, cool character gleaned from the cooler alpine influence and the soils of volcanic origin – mostly rocky on a base of granite and porphyry, rich in minerals, particularly iron with a high acidic ph.

The result of all this is a truly delicious wine that you will want to go back to for a second glass! Medium ruby with slight amber edges, beautiful aromas of dried flowers, herbs and cherry notes, elegant and fine on the palate, warm, medium bodied and with lovely delineation, warm dried cherry fruit, and a stony, mineral undertone. This is a picture perfect summer red with pasta, pizza and all kinds of Italian cuisine, but also with just about any meat on the grill from chicken to pork to lamb and beef.

Founded at the end of the Second World War, the Nervi Family have been the owners of vineyards and winemakers in Gattinara. One of the daughters, Elsa Nervi, married Attilio Delsignore, who was also a vigneron in the region. Together they combined their holdings with a total of five hectares of vines in some of the region’s top sites including Permolone, Lurghe, Sottomonte, Molsino, Villino. In 1960 they began bottling their wine under his own name, calling it”Nervi-Delsignore”.

In 1973 Attilio won a Gold Medal in the Stampa Sera “Concorso Vini Pregiati del Piemonte e della Valle d’Aosta”, an important local competition. But after a decade of improvement to his vineyards and wines, health problems and his eventual passing away forced him to stop making wine and he shut down his label. His son had another career, but he continued to farm the land and sell the grapes, also making a tiny bit of wine for the family. Stefano, Attilio’s grandson, was only ten years old when Attilio died, but now has come back to revive the family tradition and the winery. We are possibly THE very first to ever offer this wine in the US, and only one shop in Italy comes up on Wine Searcher! A truly unique and delicious find, we are happy to share it with you today!

The result of all this is a truly delicious wine that you will want to go back to for a second glass!

Medium ruby with slight amber edges, beautiful aromas of dried flowers, herbs and cherry

notes, elegant and fine on the palate, warm, medium bodied and with lovely delineation, warm

dried cherry fruit, and a stony, mineral undertone. This is a picture perfect summer red with

pasta, pizza and all kinds of Italian cuisine, but also with just about any meat on the grill from

chicken to pork to lamb and beef.

$23.99

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Description

Country: Italy

Region: Gattinara, Piedmont

Grape(s): Nebbiolo (locally called Spanna)

Vineyards and Farming: Selected from the Permolone and Lurghe vineyards at 250-350 meters in elevation.

Mostly south-facing vineyards at 250-350 meters in elevation.

Volcanic origin, rocky on a base of granite and porphyry,rich in minerals and particularly iron. Acidic ph.

Hand-harvested.

Fermented in stainless steel tanks with eight days of maceration with the skins.

Ten months aging in used, neutral small oak casks with additional time in stainless steel beyond that.

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