Torraccia del Piantavigna Ghemme DOCG 2013  (Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 92]

Torraccia del Piantavigna Ghemme DOCG 2013
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 92]

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About the Winery:
Torraccia del Piantavigna is a family-owned estate, founded in 1997 by Alessandro Francoli of the Luigi Francoli Distillery. It is located in the foothills of Monte Rosa in the Alta Piemonte area, which is known for longstanding winemaking traditions and elegant world-class wines. The winery concentrates mainly on Ghemme and Gattinara DOCG wines, made from Nebbiolo grapes grown on their nearly 40 hectares (100 acres) of hand-tended vineyards. But they also grow other local varieties, namely Vespolina and Erbaluce. The area features a continental climate tempered by cool mountain breezes which also favor excellent day/night temperature swings and fluvial, alluvial soils, rich in minerals, that lead to age-worthy wines due to opulent tannins and excellent acid profiles. The wines, styled by enologist Mattia Donna and consulting enologist Beppe Caviola, have a clean and elegant style, partly due to the use of medium-sized Allier oak casks, which allow for long and gentle maturation.

Torraccia del Piantavigna is the only winery to own vineyards in both the Ghemme and Gattinara DOCG areas. They have also won several awards for their sustainable farming practices.

Tasting Notes:
Ruby red in color verging on gold, with a delicate, elegant and persistent nose that suggests violet and licorice. Dry, powerful and potent on the palate, with soft tannins and good residual acidity.

Food Pairing:
Pair with red meat, braised beef, wild game and seasoned cheeses

Technical Information

Grape Varieties: 90% Nebbiolo, 10% Vespolina
Fermentation container: Stainless steel
Maceration technique: Remontage
Malolactic fermentation: Yes
Aging containers: Oak casks
Type of oak: French (Allier)
Aging before bottling: 36 months
Aging in bottle: 6 months
Organic: Sustainable Farming
Vineyard location: From a single vineyard on top of a hill called Ronco
dell’Ulivo, in the territory of Ghemme DOCG
Vineyard size: 6 hectares (15 acres)
Soil composition: Fluvial/Alluvial and clay
Vine training: Guyot
Altitude: 240 to 320 meters (787-1,050) above sea level
Exposure: Mainly western
Years planted: 1973, 2000, 2005
Time of harvest: Early October
Total yearly production (in bottles): 30,000

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Torraccia del Piantavigna 2013 Ghemme is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Vespolina. The wine presents a very beautiful bouquet with subtle floral aromas behind dried cherry and blackberry. The flavor profile is tart and sour, reflecting the cool vintage and the slightly evolved nature of the wine. You might notice a hint of crushed white pepper on the finish." - Monica Larner (7/23/2020)

Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of forest floor, blue flower and eucalyptus mingle with a whiff of toasted nut. On the assertive lean palate, tightly wound close-grained tannins accompany raw cherry and dried botanical herbs before a firm bitter finish..." - Kerin O'Keefe (8/1/2020)

James Suckling:
"Lightly fragrant with faint rose petals and cedar. Fine tannins and some good acidity crunch pave the way for notes of earth and spices." (8/15/2019)