Red

2010 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Spanna Cuvee Bernardo Vallana

Nebbiolo

  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Piemonte DOC

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Community Tasting Note

  • VTCellarDweller Likes this wine:

    January 6, 2014 - This was decanted for 3 hours after a 4 hour slo-ox and served with a b├ęchamel, porcini, and tomato lasagna. The robe was a slightly dull medium red with a light rim and no browning. On first pour, there were faint floral, earth, and tarry notes. With the first taste, I was met with a wall of tart red fruit and tannin that took another hour of swirling in the glass to crack open. The richness of the sauces helped to mitigate the dominating structure but this wine would be totally unlovable by itself at this very early stage.
    It is a more muscular expression of Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo than the wonderfully elegant 2004 Gattinara which is just starting to show itself. The Bernardo reminds me very much of all those extraordinary bottles of 1964 and 1967 Montalbano, Campi Raudi, and Traversagna that I drank regularly in the 1970s at a much too early stage. This wine seems very much in that tradition and will reward the patient collector with the foresight to lay down a few cases at these absurdly low prices. Trying to put a numerical score on this wine now is meaningless; it will be another 4+ years before the potential even starts to emerge. In the interim, drink the 2010 Spanna Colline Novaresi and 2004 Gattinara that are available.
    If you appreciate the pure traditional expression of Nebbiolo and are of a patient sort, do not pass this wine up.

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6 Comments

  • pigdaddy commented:

    1/6/14, 10:16 AM - I was very intrigued by your earlier endorsement of the 2010 Vallana Spanna as well as this one. And we are always on the lookout for nebbiolo that doesn't break the bank, or necessarily require 15 years+ to apogee. If you know the importer, can you share so I could see if this is in our market. Happy new year & many thanks.

  • VTCellarDweller commented:

    1/6/14, 10:28 AM - Skurnik on the east coast.
    http://www.skurnikwines.com/wines.cgi?rm=view_detail&wine_id=20344

  • VTCellarDweller commented:

    1/6/14, 11:12 AM - Pigdaddy-Given your stated preferences, you might also consider the Calabretta Etna Rosso. There is still some availability of the 2001 and 2002 from a few web retailers and the 2003 is the current release. They have a similar flavor and aroma profile as the Alpine Nebbiolo and are drinking superbly now but will hold for several more years. Cheers

  • Sheila62 commented:

    1/8/14, 2:52 PM - i bought a case but your notes make me think I should have two cases in my cellar. The bottle price is ridiculous...anymore insight. I know these wines can age, but do you know anything about the younger generation and the vineyard management?

  • VTCellarDweller commented:

    1/9/14, 6:14 AM - Sheila62-
    Here are some links that can give you more background on Vallana.
    http://www.rarewineco.com/producer/vallana
    http://www.vallanawines.com/vallana/The_Family.html
    http://www.skurnikwines.com/prospects.cgi?rm=view_prospect_detail&prospect_id=788
    http://pjwinesblog.com/pj-producer-profile-vallana/
    http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1131659

  • Sheila62 commented:

    1/9/14, 7:08 AM - Thanks I am familiar with vallana and its history. However what I can't get find jnfo on is vineyard management, age of vines; etc. I am sure the grandchildren are committed to making spanna like their grandfather but what happened to the soil and vines since the 1970's? I will contact them directly and let you know.

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