Mauro Franchino has devoted his life to Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo and, now in his late 70’s, has handed over to nephew Alberto. His three hectares of vineyards, planted in 1967, are on the banks of Sesia river on rocky granite soils that are rich in iron, potassium and manganese. The wine is fermented in concrete vats and aged in botti for three years.
Whilst Gattinara might produce the richest wines from these northern zones, it is a wine that is more about grace and energy than sheer power, yet is just as perfumed and complex as those from the Langhe. With just 3000 bottles produced, our allocation remains tiny. If you love Nebbiolo, this is a must buy wine.