The Nino Negri Sfursat is a limited production of Valtellina's best grapes that are naturally dried using traditional methods.
Terroir: Sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the appellation including Inferno, Grumello and Fracia sitting on the steep slopes of the Retiche Alps along the bank of the Adda river. Vineyards have a due-south exposure and sit in loose, gravelly soil at 900-1200 feet in elevation.
Vinification: The grapes undergo scrupulous sorting both in the vineyard prior to harvest and upon arrival at the winery after which they are placed in small crates to slowly dry through the autumn and early winter for a period of 100 days. The dried grapes are then crushed and macerated for 12 days followed by a short resting period in stainless steel. The wines are aged in French oak casks for 20-24 months before bottling.
Production: 35,000 bottles
"As usual, the race to win the Three Glass trophy comes down to a photo-finish between the Sfursat 5 Stelle and the house of Negri's 'historic' Sfurstat. The difference can be measured in split seconds, perhaps even less. This year the Sfursat '05 emerges victorious thanks to the combination of a superior note of elegance and complex aromas embracing nuances of wild berries and cyclamen. The dry, dynamic palate displays a refreshing acid vein." Tre Bicchieri, 'Three Glasses,' Gambero Rosso's Highest Award. -vini d'Italia 2009, published by Gambero Rosso, Jan. 1, 2009 With a garnet-brick color; the wine shows complex aromas of cloves, cinnamon and pepper with plum jam, raisins and tar notes. On the palate, the wine has a dry, warm, full-bodied character, austere from its prominent acidity yet harmonious, with an elegant finish, and roasted hazelnut and licorice traces.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Suckling
This offers fruits, with a light raisiny edge and a hint of spicy oak. Full-bodied, with firm, integrated tannins and a slightly bitter fruit finish. Needs a bit of time.
Emerges victorious thanks to the combination of a superior note of elegance and complex aromas embracing nuances of wild berries and cyclamen. The dry, dynamic palate displays a refreshing acid vein.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
Negris cask-aged 2005 Sforzato di Valtellina Sfursat is made from air dried Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo). It reveals a sweet, open bouquet along with an expansive palate of dark fruit. The wine possesses notable up-front beauty, but the intensity drops off rather markedly on the mid-palate, where the wines tannins are imposing.
Score: 92 PointsItalianWineReport.com Author: Todd B. Alexander
The Sfursat Tradizionale 2004 is made from partially dried grapes (think amarone) picked in late September but vinified in mid December. During this drying period the grapes lose water, become more concentrated, and gain flavor. The result here is a huge, robust nose of ripe red plums, figs, and currants with a hint of new oak. The attack is big and persistent, loaded with blackberry, currant, and oregano. This wine commands your attention from sip one as the balance is impeccable, tannins silky yet obvious, and flavors impressively persist. A true vino di meditazione, this 15% alcohol stunner delivers all the power with any of the exhaust of an excessively alcoholic wine. Will definitely add to my personal cellar and for the price a relative bargain. Barolo and Barbaresco lovers should jump at the opportunity to buy world class nebbbiolo for under $50. Will even be better in 3-4 years.
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