Produced only in the best years, Nino Negri's flagship wine 5 Stelle Sfursat di Valtellina is made from the regions finest selections of Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo).
Terroir: Sfursat “5 Stelle” is sourced from estate vineyards in the higher elevations of the Inferno, Grumello and Valgella sub-zones sitting on southeast exposures at elevations over 1200 feet. Vines are densely planted and tended using the archetto variation of the Guyot system, which further limits yields.
Vinification: Nino Negri limits harvest to only 25% of the total crop thus ensuring that only the highest quality fruit makes its way to the winery. Upon arrival the sorted bunches are placed into wooden crates where they will sit until the new year when they are naturally dry. The juice is macerated and fermented in stainless steel prior to aging over a period of 18-24 months in Allier oak. 33,000 bottles produced.
"As usual, the race to win the Three Glass trophy comes down to a photo-finish between the Sfursat 5 Stelle and the house of Negri's 'historic' Sfurstat. The difference can be measured in split seconds, perhaps even less. This year the Sfursat '05 emerges victorious thanks to the combination of a superior note of elegance and complex aromas embracing nuances of wild berries and cyclamen. The dry, dynamic palate displays a refreshing acid vein." Due Bicchieri, 'Two Glasses' -Gambero Rosso, Jan. 1, 2009
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Suckling
This firm red has good bead of ripe fruit and a clean oak note. Full-bodied with solid, fruit-coated tannins and a finish thats fresh, firm and fruity. This is nearly always outstanding, with lots of dried Nebbiolo character.
Possesses clear, concentrated ripe fruit aromas with healthy, rustic sensations of leather. The palate is dense with perfect tannic texture and balanced acidity.
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2005 Sfursat de Valtellina 5 Stelle is a big, brooding wine loaded with ripe dark fruit, tar, smoke, licorice and sweet toasted oak. Made in a rich, concentrated style, the 5 Stelle offers tons of length and intensity. Still I am not fully convinced of the balance here. Making Sfursato is challenging, as Chiavennasca already possesses notable tannins. The air drying process, while intensifying the fruit, can also increase the perception of tannin in wine and the use of French oak adds an additional layer of structure. The wines richness, vibrancy and clarity remain impressive though.
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