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.
"Like most Sfursat (or Sforzato) wines, this one is certainly not demure in the aroma department; fresh and candied cherry, sun dried tomato, pine needles and clove. Refined and a pleasure to drink."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Bright and lively, with dried cranberry and pomegranate fruit flavors, showing soft raisin, smoke and tobacco notes. LIghtly chewy tannins push through on the spiced finish."
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