A unique Valtellina white, the Nino Negri Ca Brione is a blend of late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Incrocio Manzoni (Pinot Blanc/Riesling) with a small percentage of Nebbiolo vinified as white (10%).
Terroir: Ca Brione is selected from vineyards that sit at an elevation of 1200 feet within the commune of Tresivio. Due to the extremely steep and sandy/ gravelly soils yields are naturally very low.
Vinification: The earlier ripening Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes are harvested in late September and placed into wooden crates where they will dry until the Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca are harvested in early October. Vinification is carried out separately for each varietal with a gentle pressing and fermentation and aging in a combination of 50% new and 50% older oak barriques. After eight months in barrel the wine is blended and bottled. 18,000 bottles produced.
The wine has a deep, golden color and fresh aromas of exotic fruit, spices and a note of musk. The wine is full, balanced and elegant on the palate, with finishing notes of fruit and vanilla.
When it comes to white wine, Lombardy sits in the shadow of northern Italian regions like Friuli. It's better known for the red wine of Valtellina, made from Nebbiolo grapes grown near the Swiss border. But this blend rivals Friuli's so-called Super Whites with its dazzlingly intricate winemaking. It begins with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay dried in wooden boxes. (Standard practice in these parts: the Valtellina Sfursat technique applies a similar concept to red Nebbiolo.) Some Incrocio Manzoni and a bit of Chiavennasca (a.k.a. Nebbiolo) are added, with the Chiavennasca treated like a white grape. The result is fantastically nuanced: sweet vanilla stick, hay, fig and floral notes, with silky focus, plus peach and citrus flavors and a lip-smacking grip.
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