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
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.
"Almost as good (as the Sfursat 5 Stelle) is the basic Sfursat, which shows a tad less complexity.
Wines Scoring Around 9
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2006 Sforzato di Valtellina Sfursat is a heady, exotic wine imbued with ripe red fruit, herbs, and spices.
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