Vallana is one of the traditional producers of aged Spanna (Nebbiolo) from the heart of Alto Piemonte. Whilst the prices of Barolo and Barbaresco spiral upwards, Vallana offers fine Nebbiolos at comparatively sensible prices. This half case contains both their flagship wine the Gattinara and some of the more esoteric bottlings, such as traditional method sparkling Rosato Spanna. These 6 bottles make up the half case:
2 bottles of Barbera Piedmonte 2018 13% – Made from 100% Barbera from Estate holdings. Aged for 1 year in cement tanks before bottling.
1 bottle of Metodo Classico Brut Rosé 2015 13%- This sparkling vintage Nebbiolo is made with the same process as champagne. This is a wine they have been making for several years, but not released on the UK market previously.
1 bottle of 2016 & 1 bottle of 2013 Boca DOC 13% – Boca is a rare wine produced in a very tiny area of Alto Piemonte, around the village of Boca, on the eastern side of the River Sesia. The wine is a traditional blend of native grape varieties: Nebbiolo (65-70%), Vespolina and Uva Rara. Nebbiolo confers the structure and the aromatic background; Vespolina and Uva Rara add freshness and some interesting varietal notes. The varieties are hand picked separately, each one at its perfect ripening time. Fermentation occurs in large cement tanks and the wines ages for 2 years in medium-large oak barrels. Another 1-2 years in bottle are necessary for the wine to start to develop it’s potential.
1 bottle of Gattinara DOCG 2008 13% – Gattinara is a 100% Nebbiolo wine produced only in the town of Gattinara, on the western side of the River Sesia, the grapes are handpicked in the first half of October and they are vinified in large cement tanks. The wine matures for at least 2 years in large oak barrels. It takes a few years in the bottle to fully develop its potential. The wine is austere and elegant, with a large and complex aroma, gentle and deep on the palate. This wine ages beautifully.