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.
With an intense garnet color, the wine has aromas of mint, eucalyptus, toasted bread, licorice root, sun-dried hay, with balsamic notes. The dense palate flavors include cocoa powder, black pepper, prunes and dried figs. Richly extracted, the wine exhibits vanilla notes and strong, ripe tannins.
"Deliciously sweet rose petals, spice and violets. Dominant oak on the palate but good acidity with spicy cedar notes."
Wines Scoring Around 9
Sfurzat 5 stelle won three glasses again for its ability to express the austerity of the nebbiolo grape. The 06 has a complex nose with hints of dried flowers, leather and berry fruit, and a full, sharply defined palate with a deep, concentrated finish.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2006 Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle Sfursat, on the other hand, is sensational. This sensual, textured wine emerges from the glass with generous red fruit, flowers, minerals, tar and licorice. The 5 Stelle reveals tons of inner perfume and richness, along with a polished finish. This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to experience first-class Sfursat. Negri gave the 5 Stelle 16 months in French oak."
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