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Rainoldi, Casa Vinicola Aldo
Estate grown and bottled by one of the finest producers in Lombardy, the wines from this area come from vineyards that are in fact only a series of small terraces clinging to the live rock of a small stretch of mountain located on the Italian-Swiss border. Due to the rugged and steep nature of the small terraced vineyards, the grapes must be hand picked and carried down the mountain basket by basket; there is no mechanization.
The principal grape of the region is Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo), made famous by Barolo and Barbaresco in neighbouring Piedmont. However, the wines from the Valtellina tend to be fresher and more elegant in style than most Barolos and Barbarescos. This makes them ideal reds to sip and as great matches for most foods. An added plus, these wines have amazing aging potential.
2013 Valtellina Superiore DOCG Sassella Riserva
A structured red wine obtained from the vinification of Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) grapes from the most renowned of the 4 sub-areas of Valtellina Superiore. It is produced only in the best years.
At the end of a slow maceration, it matures for almost two years in Slavonian oak barrels followed by refining in bottles in cool, dark cellars for at least 1 year before release. As this is the current vintage, it is showing characteristics of particular harmony after the additional two years of refinement. Colored ruby red and with a delicate bouquet with prevalence of fruity notes and hints of plum. In mouth it tastes and feels remarkedly balanced and velvety. We suggest the wine be served aat 16°-18°C in large glasses with courses of red meat, game and cheese. It will reward cellaring.
2015 Valtellina Superiore DOCG - Prugnolo
A full-bodied wine crafted by Rainoldi, the premier producer in Lombardia, from 100% Nebbiolo grapes grown on the small ledge vineyards on the steep mountain slopes in the Valtellina region of northern Italy.
The carefully selected grapes are control temperature fermented with pump-over and then aged 12 months in small barrels that had previously aged the award winning Ca' Rizzieri Sfursat (a wine made like Amarone but with Nebbiolo grapes instead), blended and bottle refined 12 months before release. Deep ruby colour with a fruity bouquet that hints of plums, cherries, and walnuts. It is harmonic and elegant - a wine of great distinction even when young.
2015 Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG
The characteristics of this wine derive from a particular processing method similar to that found in Amarone from the Veneto region. It is produced only in the best years and from a strict selection of grapes during the harvest. The Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) grapes are left to dry on mats for about 3 months. It matures for almost two years in oak barrels, after which, it refines in bottles in dark, cool cellars for at least 1 year before it is released to market. The concentrations reached and aromas developed with the withering, make the wine rich in finesse and personality.
Red garnet in colour, it has a bouquet intense and spicy with light hints of fruits and flowers; there are also clear notes of coffee, cocoa, roasted hazelnut and raisined grapes. Warm, vigorous, with a full, austere, rounded and harmonic flavor. Best enjoyed after decanting; and, served at 18°C in large glasses, with red meat, game and ripe cheese. About 9,500 bottles produced of this vintage.