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2015 Sandro Fay Costa Bassa Valtellina Superiore Valgella DOCG
2015 Sandro Fay Costa Bassa Valtellina Superiore Valgella DOCG


 
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Sandro Fay has been producing wines in Valtellina for the past 40 years, and is dedicated to single-vineyard expressions of this unique and historic terroir. Upriver from Lake Como, near the Swiss border, the Valtellina DOCG sits in a narrow valley that runs east/west at the base of the alps, which protect its sunny climate. The signature grape is Nebbiolo, known locally as Chiavennasca. Fay's Costa Bassa vineyard is located in the village of Teglio, designated as "Valtellina Superiore," one of the finest terroirs in the appellation. In this cooler, sub-alpine climate, the grapes are allowed to slowly ripen until late October, and the wine is aged in large oak casks for 12 months before bottling. Fresh and elegant, with bright fruit flavors and soft, velvety tannins, this wine is a true expression of the varietal.

This is a bright and juicy style of Nebbiolo with a good measure of savor to make it interesting. A few minutes in the glass reveals flavors of cherry, potpourri, white pepper, and a hint of woodsmoke. There is a feminine persistence and vigor to the medium-bodied structure and a which is just right to enjoy with charcuterie.

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