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Barolo Gattera DOCG (OWC) by Fratelli Ferrero 2015

Barolo Gattera DOCG (OWC)

by Fratelli Ferrero 2015

Producer : Fratelli Ferrero

Region : Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat

Tasting Notes

Gattera is a single vineyard in La Morra. The Gattera Barolo is traditionally made in large oak casks to give it light oak and showcase the Nebbiolo grape. Hints of red fruit, especially cherries, balsamic scents and notes of rose. Very delicate. The tannins are present but well balanced. Elegant and classy.

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Fratelli Ferrero
Region Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Nebbiolo
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $534.00

The Producer

Fratelli Ferrero

The Ferrero winery's history traces back to the early 20th century in the quaint town of l’Annunziata. It all began when Settimo Giuseppe, Renato's maternal grandfather, embarked on this venture. Even in those early days, the winery had a diverse character, with a focus on the coveted Nebbiolo grapes. A notable plaque awarded to him by the town of La Morra in 1933 stands as a testament to the dedication and love for winemaking that has always defined the Ferrero winery.

However, the tumultuous times of World War II led to the removal of the vineyards to make space for wheat. This was further exacerbated by a widespread phylloxera epidemic across Europe, a destructive pest for grapevines.

In the 1950s, Lorenzo Ferrero, Renato's father, revived the family vineyards. He did so by grafting native rootstocks onto American vine rootstocks, the only ones capable of resisting the aphid infestation. During this period, some of the grapes were vinified and sold, gradually establishing a modest market. Barolo and Nebbiolo were already being bottled at that time, while other wines were primarily sold in bulk. Sadly, Lorenzo's untimely passing in 1966 led to a slowdown in the business.

Subsequently, a young Renato and his older brother took up winemaking once more, solidifying their efforts with the introduction of the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) in the 1980s. However, due to the company's small size, his brother eventually departed. From that point forward, Renato dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the winery he inherited from his father, gradually initiating its expansion.

Since the 1990s, Nina has been working alongside her husband, Renato, in managing the winery. Now, the fourth generation has taken the reins, with Nina and Renato's sons, Andreas and Jonas, leading the winery. They have introduced fresh ideas and innovative production methods while preserving the traditions of the past.

At present, the Ferrero winery spans approximately 4 hectares and produces around 30,000 bottles annually.

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