Estate: Nervi is a historic, legendary estate in Gattinara, northern Piemonte. Founded in in 1906 by Italo Nervi, it is the oldest winemaking estate in Gattinara, the family’s vineyards date back to 1679. The 28.5 hectares of vineyards are spread across the acclaimed, historic crus of Valferana [dating back to 1231], Molsino [dating back to 1471], Garavoglie and Casacce.
The family ran the estate until 1991, in 2011 wine collector Erling Astrup organized a group of Norwegian investors to purchase the estate. Desiring to revitalize the estate, Astrup sought the advice of his friend and renowned Barolo producer, Roberto Conterno. In 2018 the investment group decided to sell the estate but wanted to ensure it would come under the care of the right person. Therefore, they offered it Roberto Conterno first; “While Roberto had not been actively seeking out a new winery, the opportunity to acquire such an historic estate with great vineyard holdings of Nebbiolo was too hard to pass up”. [Roberto acquired a 90% stake.]
Philosophy: Roberto, along with his sons is dedicated giving “the same fastidious attention to detail and quality to the wines of Nervi as he does to those of the Giacomo Conterno estate”.
Winemaking: Vineyards are farmed organically. Grapes are from the Molsino, Valferana, Garavoglie, and Casacce vineyards, 290-420 meters in elevation. Gentle destemming and crushing, fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. Macerated for a minimum of 15 days following the completion of alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation following alcoholic fermentation, in cement vats. Aged for 4 months on the lees, followed by at least 1 month in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Light coral pink in colour with aromas of candied flowers, red berries, dusty earth, spice and a wisp of myrrh. Ripe nectarine, melon, wild cherry with squeeze of citrus zest and a dash of fresh summer herbs are glossed by fresh acidity and gossamer tannins. Silky fruit lingers on the ethereally smoky, mineral driven finish. Soft and round, well composed, balanced and elegant.
90% Nebbiolo & 10% Uva Rara
Estate Bottled by Azienda Vitivinicola Nervi s.r.l.