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Nino Negri 'Sfursat 5 Stelle' 2020

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The Wine

A single grape variety, the Nebbiolo-Chiavennasca, is used to create this 100% pure blend. The grapes are meticulously handpicked and selected. On the palate, it is warm and dry, with a well-balanced flavor that leaves an elegant and lasting aftertaste of toasted hazelnuts. The color is a brick red with intense garnet hues. The nose presents a very distinctive aroma, a complex structure with robust spices and hints of preserved plum. It pairs well with strong cheese, red and game meats. For vinification, the hand-harvested grapes are placed in boxes to dry naturally, then fermented at a controlled temperature before aging in French oak barrels for 30 months. The wine ages gracefully, stored horizontally, for 6-8 years in the bottle.

The Details

Variety - Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Country - Italy
Region - Lombardia
Sub Region
 - Valtellina

Extra - Cork
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

Established in 1897, Nino Negri is the premier estate producing wine in the Valtellina DOCG in Italy’s Lombardy region. The estate specialty is Sfursat (“strained” or “forced”); a wine made from grapes harvested by trained pickers and dried for 100 days in the cool, dry, alpine air. This winemaking style combines the opulence of Amarone with the elegant complexity of Barolo. The success of Nino Negri is due largely to the efforts of winemaker Casimiro Maule who has worked at the estate since 1971, his entire professional life. In 2007, Casimiro was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Gambero Rosso, the magazine authority in Italian wine.

The star and primary varietal here is Chiavennasca, the local name for Nebbiolo. The variety has been cultivated in the area for over 1,000 years and all Valtellina DOCG wines must contain at least 90% Chiavennasca.

Nino Negri controls almost 400 acres of the finest Chiavennasca vineyards in the Valtellina Superiore subzones. The estate directly owns 75 acres of exceptional vineyards, including the 27-acre Fracia vineyard, an exclusive cru planted since 1995 to special clonal selections. The vine stocks that are cultivated horizontally from west to east, an innovated planting scheme for this region.

The winery is located in the city of Chiuro in the 15th Century Quadrio Castle. The “castle” sits above an array of underground cellars which house thousands of barrels. All Nino Negri wines age for at least two years before they are released to ensure optimum maturity at time of bottling.