Terroir: The Nino Negri Inferno is sourced from the best crus of the Inferno subzones of Calvario, Sopragironi, Sottogironi and Ca Rossa. Grapes are densely cultivated high on the terraced hillside in poor, sandy soils and a due-south exposure.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested in early October and transported to the winery where they are sorted and macerated at cold temperatures for five days in stainless steel vats. Aging occurs over a period of 20-24 months in a combination of 80hl and smaller 50hl French oak barrels.
The 2008 Inferno is deep garnet in color with a well pronounced perfume of spice, dried flowers, plum and jam. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and dry with elegant notes of berry, herb, cedar-spice.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Modest and balanced, with a softer texture and hints of macerated cherry, strawberry candy and fragrant herbs."
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2008 Valtellina Superiore Inferno comes across as intriguing and seductive. An expressive bouquet melds into classic Nebbiolo notes of rose petals, tar and licorice, all of which come together beautifully in the glass. There is an inner tension and focus to the 2008 that is highly appealing. The 2008 should shine at its brightest at the dinner table. It is another delicious, mid-weight wine from Nino Negri"
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