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 a garnet-brick color; the wine shows complex aromas of cloves, cinnamon and pepper with plum jam, raisins and tar notes. On the palate, the wine has a dry, warm, full-bodied character, austere from its prominent acidity yet harmonious, with an elegant finish, and roasted hazelnut and licorice traces.
In Valtellina, the Nebbiolo grapes grow on hillsides so steep, they sometimes have to be harvested by helicopter. The resulting wines dense, dark and spicy gain even more intensity from the sforzato technique, in which the grapes are dried before fermentation.
Score: 95 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
Dried grapes, hand-picked and aged in small barriques; dense, earthy, intense and rich with spice, oak and deep flavors of mature fruit.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"The dried cherry and date fruit is sweet and aromatic on the nose and palate of this medium- to full-bodied red, layered with chewy tannins and accents of licorice drop, mocha, tarry smoke and fig bread. Offers a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2026."
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