Some initial musky scents blow off to reveal this nebbiolo's flavors of red cherry and pomegranate layered with earthy notes of truffle and dried leaves. The tannins feel firm and smooth, lending a cool mineral balance to the wine's spicy notes of clove and anise. Drink this autumnal wine next to a roaring fire with a bowl of rabbit stew.
Youthful, lively, dry, tart and very gripping Nebbiolo with notes of cherry, red licorice, porcini and cedar.
Elegant and structured, this opens with exquisite scents of cedar, chopped herb, pressed rose, menthol and perfumed berry. The luminous palate is loaded with finesse, delivering bright red cherry, chopped red raspberry, licorice, clove and mineral. Firm, refined tannins and vibrant acidity provide impeccable balance and support. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018 through 2030.
This is elegant and still firm, with fading sweet cherry, strawberry, leather, earth and tobacco notes. Moderate length. Drink now through 2019.
Wonderful aromas of dried roses, walnuts, mushrooms and ripe fruits. Full body with firm, silky tannins and a tangy finish. This is solid, tight and condensed. Very silky texture. Drink or hold.
The 2009 Gattinara Riserva is a wine for the exceedingly patient. Huge swaths of tannin cut across a huge core of fruit in a Gattinara endowed with serious depth, resonance and intensity. Dark red cherry, orange rind, cloves, mint and saddle leather meld together in an exotic fabric of enticing aromas and flavors. Don't be fooled, though, the tannins are imposing and need time to soften. The 2009 Riserva is one of the best wines I can remember tasting from Travaglini in some time.
From one of the hottest vintages in recent years, this wine delivers layers of succulent wild cherry, crushed raspberry and cinnamon. It?s balanced with firm but refined tannins and surprising freshness for the vintage.
Earthy fragrances of violet, tilled soil, leather, menthol and spicy plum jump out of the glass. The delicious palate boasts structure and finesse, seamlessly weaving together ripe wild cherry, crushed blackberry, juicy plum and baking spice alongside tightly knit but polished tannins.
A lean style, more on the savory than fruity side, offering cherry and berry flavors, accented by tobacco, leather and spice notes. Firm tannins grip the finish, recommending this to braised beef. Drink now through 2020.
A fragrant nebbiolo with brisk red fruit and layers of precise tannins, this is clean and lovely. The wine's tight structure holds rich fruit, balanced and approachable now, suited to several years of development.
Very fresh, exhibiting cherry, licorice and tobacco notes, affixed to a wall of dense tannins. This builds to a muscular finish, with mouthcoating tannins, licorice and spice notes on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2022.
The 2006 Gattinara Riserva is one of the best wines I have tasted from Travaglini in a very long time. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, spices and licorice are among the many notes that flow from this inviting, beautifully balanced wine. The Riserva impresses for its textural brilliance and totally captivating personality. It is simply dazzling, and flat-out delicious.
Gattinara (a pure expression of Nebbiolo) offers many of the aromatic characteristics one normally associates with Barbaresco and Barolo, two of Italy's greatest red wines. There are tones of small berry, cola, tar and licorice. The wine is tight and fresh overall and cleans the palate very well.
The 2005 Gattinara Riserva possesses more depth, richness and sheer stuffing than the regular bottling. Incense, tar, wild cherries and herbs are some of the nuances that come to life in this powerful Gattinara. Another few years in bottle should allow the tannins to soften and the fruit to emerge with even greater authority. This is a lovely set of new releases from Travaglini, one of the benchmark producers in Gattinara. The wines seem to have acquired an additional level of finesse in recent years.
Here's a beautifully aged expression of Nebbiolo with polished aromas of blackberry, cola and scented candle. Background aroms of pressed flowers and potpourri emerge after a few minutes in the glass and the wine evolves nicely in the mouth as well thanks to its silky tannins and natural acidity.
... Travaglini's Gattinara Riserva '04 fully lives up to expectations. We had been waiting for an austere, classic debut vintage and here we have a wine that is all this and much more. Earthy to the core, spicy and generous, it never relinquishes its acid, crunchy fruit with lingering flavour and caressing tannic weave.