Antoniolo, Osso San Grato, Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy 2012


Antoniolo, Osso San Grato, Gattinara, Piemonte, Italy 2012


  • 100% Nebbiolo from estate’s single vineyard ‘Osso San Grato’ cru at 500 meters above sea level
  • 5.0 hectares of 60 year old vines in volcanic soil
  • Spontaneous fermentation with maceration lasts 18 days
  • Fermented in cement tank
  • Aged in 36 months in 25-30 hectoliter Slavonian or French oak casks
  • Aged one year in bottle for prior to release
  • 400 cases produced annually

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“An intense and vibrant red, featuring cherry, spice and mineral aromas and flavors. Starts out a little reticent, gaining with air and building to a lingering, complex finish. Tightly wound tannins and lively acidity keep this focused. Decant now or be patient. Best from 2020 through 2033.”-95WS

Antoniolo is considered by many to be the most important reference-point estate in Gattinara, Alto Piemonte’s most well-known appellation. It is run by brother and sister team Alberto and Lorella Antoniolo but was established in 1948 by their grandfather Mario. In the 1950s and 60s, when many Italians were fleeing the countryside for work in Piedmont’s factories, Antoniolo was snapping up the area’s best vineyards. By the 1970s, they had an enviable collection of Gattinara’s top crus, including a monopole on the Osso San Grato vineyard. In 1974, Rosanna Antoniolo, Mario’s daughter and Alberto and Lorella’s mother, accepted the suggestion of Italy’s most famous wine journalist, Luigi Veronelli, and bottled her Osso San Grato and San Francesco as single vineyard wines. Though a few producers in the Langhe were already doing this, it was revolutionary for Gattinara. Today the estate has 14 hectares under vine, and brother and sister follow the strict guidelines of their pioneering mother. Fermentations are done slowly in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and all of the Gattinaras are aged as long as Riservas, even if they only started carrying the designation in the 2015 vintage.  4600 cases are produced annually on average.

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