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2013 Sandro Fay Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio IGT La Faya
2013 Sandro Fay La Faya Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio IGT

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La Faya is a local dialect word for the family's name of Sandro Fay, and comes from a single south-facing vineyard at the altitude of 550m, in the village of Teglio in Valtellina. This vineyard has a forest at the bottom that casts some shade on the lower vines, so Sandro Fay decided to plant Merlot in this section. At the highest, rockiest elevation of the vineyard, he planted a few terraces of Syrah. These grapes gave birth to this elegant blend of 60% Nebbiolo Chiavennasca, 30% Merlot, and 10% Syrah, where each component is fermented separately and blended later. Aged for at least 12 months in tonneaux before racking and bottling, this intriguing full body wine is held in the cellar for about 18 to 24 months before release. In the glass, it has an intense ruby color with orange shades. Although still showing a very good structure and essentially cool-climate characters, it is certainly the most voluptuous of the wines in the Fay's range. On the nose, it has intense aromas of camphor, white pepper, darker spices, black olives, vanilla, and a very small touch of sweetness. The palate is very long and lush, with flavors of black fruits, especially fresh picked blackberries, strawberry, raspberry, cherry. Nice fresh acidity balances the more lush fruit, and firm but round tannins appear on the end palate. Pair it with, hearty pasta, fatty fish and lamb.

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5 of 5 Excellent blend of Nebbiolo, strong and elegant. July 4, 2020
Reviewer: Ray Winder from San Francisco, CA United States  
Realy a great experiment from Sandro fay to create this lovely blend of Nebbiolo, Merlot, and Syrah. outstanding combinations!

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