Nervi is the oldest winery in Gattinara that is still producing wine and is now headed by Robert Conterno after he purchased the estate in 2018. While he wouldn't have been active at the time of the 2016s, he played a part in the winery after the fact and would have overseen them halfway through. Nervi has two of Gattinara's top crus Valferana and Molsino, and both have the classic volcanic soils recognized from this part of Piedmonte. Seeing that 2016 is an incredible vintage for Piedmonte, it is also the best vintage for Nervi to date. Today we are featuring the Molsino Cru, a south-facing amphitheater vineyard that has been prized since the 15th century for its powerful yet elegant wines. Only the best grapes from the vineyard make it to this bottle, and the rest go into the regular bottling of Gattinara. Winemaking here is old school with long fermentation and extended aging in Slovanian oak for four years before bottling. Vigna Molsino is an incredible wine from Piedmont that doesn't see the crazy prices that a Barolo of this caliber would typically see. As one of the best wines from Gattinara, it is a great way to get acquainted with this area and producer, perfect for fans of Piedmontese wines.
Antonio Galloni 96+ points! "Tasted next to the Valferana, the 2016 Gattinara Vigna Molsino is much more nervous in feel. Iron, dried herbs, sweet dried cherry, mint, crushed rocks, white pepper and earthy notes give the Molsino a good deal of aromatic complexity to match its intense, saline-infused minerality. Today, though, the tannins and acids are almost overpowering. Readers will find an old-school, classically austere Gattinara that needs 10-15 years to be at its best. The 2016 is an absolute jewel of a wine, but it should be purchased only by readers with either very good genes are a ton of optimism regarding their own longevity."