Wine Wednesdays – 2011 Travaglini Gattinara

This past weekend was full of firsts including a trip up to the Bronx for dinner on Arthur Ave followed by the Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.
We enjoyed dinner at Tra Di Noi, I especially enjoyed the wine we drank, the 2011 Gattinara from Travaglini, a family-owned winery in the Piedmont region of Italy.  The wine is 100% Nebbiolo (the same grape that is used in Barolo and Barbaresco) and a perfect “red sauce” kinda wine.  While Nebbiolos in Barolos and other red wines can be overpowering and highly tannic, this wine was soft, velvety and delicious!  A beautiful garnet color with aromas of red fruit, vanilla, and spice; the palate was full bodied with notes of cherries, plums/prunes and more spice notes (likely due to the 3 years of aging in Slovenian oak).  Relatively low alcohol at 13% makes this an easy sipper!  

Fun fact – Travaglini wines are easily recognizable by the unusual bottle shape which fits the curve of your hand, said to help catch sediment during decanting!    

As for the food – we had burrata and the calamari salad with tomatoes and onions (I don’t even like calamari and this was amazing) to start followed by gnocchi with lamb ragu and veal scaloppine.  The roasted potatoes that arrive with entrees were perfection!

We walked off the delicious food and wine with 20k steps around the Chihuly exhibit.  This is the last weekend of the exhibit and tickets are sold out so see below for highlights!

Wine:  2011 Travaglini Gattinara
Price:  $29 retail

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