2019 Casa Vinicola Triacca ‘Gaux Dopo’ Nebbiolo
This Alpine Nebbiolo is energetic, zippy, and remarkably fresh. The stainless steel fermentation maintains the wine’s bright fruit character, floral quality, and natural suppleness.
Sustainable farming practices and only 100 cases produced!
130 in stock
“Nebbiolo from Valtellina has always been one of my favorite expressions of this grape. It’s Alpine wine; a much lighter and fresher version of your typical Nebbiolo from Piedmont that you might be more familiar with. They are high acid, food-friendly wines that are often significantly more affordable than your average Barolo. These wines are great with good company, a cheese & charcuterie plate, and some light pasta.” – Lexi Jones, Director of Imports
The “La Gatta” estate was originally built in the 1500s as a Dominican monastery and was later purchased as a summer home for the aristocratic de Gatti family, from which the name derives. The Triacca family acquired the old monastery in 1969, which is surrounded by 13 hectares of vigorous vines grown on the steep hillsides of the Italian Alps. In 1987 Domenico Triacca acquired 2,000 square meters of vineyards in Valgella, one of the most highly sought after vineyard areas in Valtellina and built himself a small cellar to start producing and aging wines from his own vineyards. Today, Lucca Triacca runs the estate and is known as one of the most innovative Valtellina producers.
Valtellina is one of Italy’s smallest and least known wine producing regions. It lies in an Alpine valley in the northern part of the country in the Lombardy region. It actually forms part of the border between Italy and Switzerland and historically has been Swiss and Austrian territory before becoming part of Italy in 1859. We have the last ice age to thank for this beautiful valley that was carved from the local mountains by the glaciers that descended from the Alps during that time. Today the valley runs almost perfectly for 132 miles on an east-west axis following the course of the Adda river which has scored its path through hard granite over the course of history. The terroir here consists of clay, sandy loam, and gravel. It’s a cool, mountain climate but ‘la Breva’, a warm, gentle wind that originates over Lake Como, moves warm air into the valley and helps promote pollination in the spring and reduces fungal disease. The vineyards lie on extremely steep slopes and tiny terraces (similar to the Mosel or Alto Adige) requiring it all to be worked by hand. Historically, during harvest the grapes would be picked and transported down the steep mountain trails in small baskets called portini. Today aerial pulley systems have been implemented at some of the larger houses.
Wine has been produced in this area for well over 2,000 years and has a long association with the Nebbiolo grape. Some suggest it may have even originated here! Today it is known for its bright, cherry-scented Nebbiolo, known here as Chiavennasca (after the nearby town of Chiavenna).