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 decadent wine from northeastern Italy combines chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and nebbiolo vinified as a white wine. Its creaminess will bond with the cream in the dish and lift the smokiness of the bacon fat. The acidity in the wine is fresh, reminiscent of green apples, which will cut through the dish's rich flavors and streamline the pairing, highlighting the wine's silky texture and plush body.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Morris
A light- to medium-bodied white, with lively acidity and flavors of poached apple and apricot fruit, salted almond and lemon meringue. Floral finish. Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Nebbiolo. Drink now through 2018.
Score: 90 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
Fresh, juicy and generous with bright peach, stone fruits; tangy, crisp and lush; long and clean, bright and lovely.
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