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.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Rich and smoky, with lightly chewy tannins and fresh, juicy acidity framing flavors of black currant, ripe plum, aromatic forest floor, creamy black licorice and subtle spice. Powerful, yet sleek and restrained. Drink now through 2023."
Score: 94 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2008 Sfursat boasts dazzling richness and power. Layers of dark fruit, spices, savory herbs and menthol jump from the glass. In 2008 winemaker Casimiro Maule didnt think he had the quality to make the top of the line Sfursat 5 Stelle, so all the fruit went into this entry-level Sfursat bottling, enriching the wine to a considerable degree. I was blown away by the quality here. This is magnificent showing."
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