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.
"This unusual blend includes sauvignon blanc (30 percent), chardonnay (30), nebbiolo (30) and incrocio manzoni (10). Its lush with ripe apricot flavor, plump in the middle with a scratchy edge of spice. Pour it with chicken braised with herbs."
"Everybody says to server white Burgundy with lobster. This has slightly oaked Chardonnay, and that lushness, but also a real freshness and acidity to cut through the rich lobster and the toasted buttered roll."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2009 Ca Brione is a blend of 30% Sauvignon, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Incrocio Manzoni and 10% Nebbiolo vinified off the skins. Succulent white peaches, mint, dried flowers and jasmine are some of the notes that emerge from this perfumed, layered white. In 2009 the CaBrione is a standout. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."
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