OWNER | Rosanna Antoniolo.
BACKGROUND | The estate was founded in 1948 by Cav. Mario Antoniolo. In 1980 his daughter Rosanna took over the management. Mario’s grandson Alberto now makes the wines and works with his sister, Lorella.
VINEYARDS | 20 hectares of land of which 15ha are vineyards. South-west facing, which guarantees adequate sunlight and shelter from the cold currents of the Alps, exploiting the foothills of the north. Vine density is 3,000 vines per hectare. There are five vineyard blocks: San Francesco, Osso San Grato, Castelle, from which they make the most prestigious Gattinara crus; Borelle and Valferana from which they obtain the Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo DOC Juvenia, the Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo DOC rosé Bricco Lorella and the Bianco Borelle.
COSTE DELLA SESIA DOC, ERBALUCE | Made from Erbaluce.
GATTINARA DOCG, VIGNETO SAN FRANCESCO | Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene writes that ‘Antoniolo was the first producer in the DOCG to bottle cru wines, and is one of the only to bottle 100% Nebbiolo without blending in other varietals. Proprietress Rosanna Antoniolo owns vineyards in the Gattinara crus of Osso San Grato, San Francesco, and Castelle along with her son and daughter. The Osso yields an imposing wine with structure and longevity, while San Francesco is the most delicate of the trio. The vineyards were planted about fifty years ago on glacial soil (high in acidity) and volcanic soils (rich in minerals). Maceration on the skins in cement vats for 14-16 days, with pumping over followed by maturation for one year in 350-500 litre tonneaux and 18 months in large oak casks (20-25 Hl). Notes of liquorice, rose, raspberry and soft spiciness intermingle in a pervasive aromatic profile. This fine wine will get to clingy grips with an ox-cheek stew,’ (Les Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011).
GATTINARA DOCG, OSSO SAN GRATO | 2012 100% Nebbiolo. 14%. 4% bottles.
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