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.
As seen in Food and Wine Magazine: Sommeliers' pairings for Buttery Seafood:
"A buttery white is a natural for New England classics like lobster rolls. Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli of Boston's Island Creek Oyster Bar likes the 2008 Nino Negri Vendemmia Ca' Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio, a white blend from Lombardy."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"This bright white finds a fine balance between its creamy palate and tangy acidity, supporting flavors of pear, honeydew melon, smoke and mineral. There's good concentration through to the lingering finish."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2008 Ca Brione is a quirky white made from Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo), with the fruit seeing a brief period of drying prior to vinification.
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