A tiny estate cradled in a breathtaking valley in the middle of the Alps in the Valtellina region of Italy. The vineyards are cultivated on small steep terraces that have been hand built throughout the centuries. These are the highest elevation vineyards in all of Italy, reaching altitude of 3000 feet. The dominant grape is the nebbiolo, which produces the famous Sforzato della Valtellina of which Fay’s is one of the best rendition. Check with Siema office for current vintages
In today’s [May 30, 2011] Washington Post wine column, critic Jason Wilson tackles the mysterious and complex world of one on Italy’s most prized indigenous grapes: Nebbiolo. Wilson describes the world-famous Barolo (Italy’s “King of Wines and Wine of Kings,” which is produced from the Nebbiolo grape):
“As a Barolo ages, the color turns brick orange, and its silky tannins, complex aromas of dried rose and violet, of leather and truffle and tar, deep cherry and plum flavors emerge. The finish lasts forever. It’s a wine to meditate, brood and ponder over.”
He recommends two of Siema’s Nebbiolo-based wines:
” This is Alpine nebbiolo, notably different from Piemonte. It’s a cool customer: full-bodied, suave and elegant, with nice minerality on the finish.”
[see Lodali for the other Nebbiolo he recommended.]
Sforzato Valtellina Ronco del Picchio
Sforzato (which means “to push through”) Valtellina is the appellation and this wine is made from Nebbiolo grapes. The Ronco del Picchio is the highest elevation plot of grapevines on the estate (3000 feet) that provide3 month drying period prior to pressing and barrel aging.