Terroir: The Nino Negri Vigneto Fracia is produced from the estate vineyard of the same name. This 16 acre steep, terraced vineyard sits high on the south facing hillside in the commune of Chiuro within the Valgella subzone. Special clones and vinestocks have been selected and densely planted at over 12,000 plants per acre. Soils are poor consisting primarily of sand and granite gravel.
Vinification: The Vigneto Fracia ripens later than the rest of the region with harvest typically conducted in mid to late October. Selection is strict in the vineyard and grapes are sorted again after arrival at the winery. The must is macerated for 8 days and then aged for 16-20 months in small French oak casks.
"The winter passed in a regular manner with good precipitations and low temperatures but not excessively so. The month of April was really bad with lots of rain and snow in the mountains. May was also unusually rainy obliging vine-growers to put in a lot of work. Various hailstorms in June reduced the yield by about 30%. The summer was not particularly hot and so during the harvest we had to sort the grapes very carefully to pick them on the basis of their ripeness.
The 2008 is bright garnet with brick red highlights in the glass; concentrated aromas of dried flowers, violet and wild rose to the fore, spices and hints of blackberry jam. Dry, warm, full flavored palate with an elegant finish of ripe plum and lingering bitter almond." -Winemaker Casimiro Maule
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Aromatic hints of graphite and spice accent finely meshed layers of black raspberry, black cherry, creamy red licorice and mineral, with a subtle dark chocolate note. Lightly tannic, silky in texture and well-balanced. Drink now through 2020."
"The 2008 Valtellina Superiore Vigneto Fracia is impressive. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame dark cherries, mountain herbs, flowers, licorice and tobacco. The aromas and flavors literally resonate off the palate in this deeply expressive wine. A backbone of lively acidity gives the wine its focus and sense of proportion."
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