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2010 Spanna, Montalbano/Casa Rosa Collina Novaresi, Vallana, Piedmont

2010 Spanna, Montalbano/Casa Rosa Collina Novaresi, Vallana, Piedmont

Red | Ready, but will keep | Antonio Vallana e Figlio | Code:  20604 | 2010 | Italy > Piedmont | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Antonio Vallana e Figlio

Antonio Vallana e Figlio

The domaine of Antonio Vallana & Figilo dates back to the early 19th century and is located in the town of Maggiora, about 100 miles northeast of Barolo. Antonio Vallana produced legendary wines in the 50s and 60s before the domaine's fortunes slipped in the mid 70s. The wine is now back on form with Antonio's son Francis now playing a major role.

While the domaine has always produced a wide range of wine, its reputation is largely owed to it wines produced from Spanna, the local synomon for Nebbiolo. The steep slopes of the domaine's vineyards mean that all the grapes are hand-harvested. The wines are traditionally matured in large old oak barrels and are characterised by their depth of fruit as well as their exceptional balance.

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

Piedmont

Piedmont

Piedmont has been the pre-eminent fine wine province of Italy since Roman times, a reputation reinforced under the House of Savoy – which lorded it over Europe during the Middle Ages from its base in Turin. Piedmont's own fame increased too as this noble House secured its place in history as the driver for Italian Reunification in 1861.

Located in the north-west of the country, with a continental climate, Piedmont is influenced culturally and climatically by the surrounding Alps and Ligurian Apennines. Piedmont's most important fine wine regions are: the Langhe, south of Alba, incorporating Barolo and BarbarescoMonferrato, comprising the wines of Asti and Gavi; and Novara with its Colline Novaresi and Boca.

Nebbiolo is the grape of Piedmont, and arguably the country as a whole. It is planted in only the most favourable sites, and is the power behind Barolo and Barbaresco. It is followed by Barbera d'Alba or Barbera d'Asti and Dolcetto, an early-ripening antipasti wine produced more seriously around Dogliani. For whites, Moscato is queen, responsible for copious amounts of frizzante, more commonly known as Asti. A far more rewarding, gently-sparkling wine, made in an off-dry style, is labelled as Moscato d'Asti.

A notable red version is also made: Brachetto d'Acqui. Cortese is the white grape behind the region's most popular dry white wine, Gavi, from vines south of Alessandria. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Piedmont has the highest proportion of Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines, even if it is responsible for only seven percent of Italy's total production (2006).

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