Wine of the day
(Or yesterdays wine to be more precise)
Rivetti & Lauro UI' SASSELLA 298 Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013
In the mountainous area of north Italy we find Valtellina, belonging to the province of Sondrio in the Lombardy region.
With centuries of history from the vineyards, Rivetti & Lauro had ambitions to introduce new techniques of growing and finetune organic and biodynamic methods in their vine cultivation. The vineyards of Valtellina are the largest terraced wine-growing area in the Italian mountains.
"Rivetti&Lauro has begun its adventure bottling wines with a strong character and full of modernity to tell our passion and the story of our land. Wines that comes from the DOCG areas of INFERNO, SASSELLA; VALGELLA and TIRANO. At dawn, the end of the winter, the first beat of wings".
Grape varietal: Nebbiolo 100%
Pale ruby red with hues of orange, on the nose it is complex with plums, strawberries, forest fruits, herbs and spices. On the palate it is fruity with cherries, chocolate, berries and spices. Balanced with firm velvety tannins. Long finish
Tech notes from the producer:
Origin of soils: Sand and clay soils
Growing system: Guyot Valtellinese
Planting: 2x1 4500 vines per hectare
Yield: 70 q.li grapes/hectare
Vinification: Manual selection of the grapes, destemmed, fermentation in small stainless steel tanks, ageing in barrels of 30 hl, cask French oak barriques of first passage
Before bottling ageing: 24 months
We had this very good Valtellina with Crusted reindeer loin, morels in creamy sauce, sauteed savoy cabbage, roasted pumpkin, ovenbaked potatoes and blueberry flavoured sauce. A perfect match indeed. Goes well with game, steaks, roasts as well as aged cheese and the like