The wine shows a deep ruby red with garnet reflections.
On the nose, aromas of red fruit, blackberry, plum and licorice with hints of vanilla and leather, which lead to a taste which is
full-bodied, with intense flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice culminating in a long and
The wine is outstanding with red meat, game and hard cheeses.
"The 2005 Gattinara is a pretty, mid-weight Nebbiolo. Sweet cherries, tobacco, herbs and crushed flowers are some of the notes that emerge from this classy, refined red. The Gattinara is a somewhat fleeting, ethereal wine, but it has the freshness and firmness to age well for at least another decade. This entry-level Gattinara possesses tons of varietal character in a translucent, weightless expression that is typical of the appellation. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020."
The Wine Advocate
This wine ranked 5th of 8—Valpolicellas (3) and Nebbiolos (5)—tasted 3/11 by 14 very experienced members of a group tasting wines blind every month for 34 years. At 57 points against, of a total possible 112 points against, it was statistically mediocre compared with other wines in the group.