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.
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Top 100 Cellar Selections Wines for 2017 - #45
Full-bodied and velvety, this opens with alluring aromas of baking spice, mature plum, violet, Alpine herb and a balsamic note. The concentrated palate is smooth and robust, but it also boasts a weightless quality, delivering dried black cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, dried date and pipe tobacco alongside firm polished tannins and fresh acidity. A mineral note closes the finish. This is the best Sfursat 5 Stelle I've tried so far. Drink 20182028.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Aromatic, this red offers notes of kirsch, Christmas spice and orange peel that carry from the nose to the palate, where they are underscored by tarry mineral, dried fig and herb accents and layered with sculpted tannins. Drink now through 2027.
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