Dirupi Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo, yum! round, silky, deep fruit, medium body
This medium-bodied red from Lombardi region of Italy offers a fresh tang of spicy mineral, layered with sweet dried cherry and strawberry fruit. Hints of herb and smoke show on the finish.
Above the cellar housed in a sixteenth century building in Sondrio, the vineyards are scattered across Sondrio, Montagna, Poggiridenti, Grumello and Inferno. Typical to the region, all sites vary in some degree when it comes to exposure and altitude, but the terraces are predominantly sandy and poor. Organic fertilizers are used, wild ground cover is trimmed back with scythes, and naturally all harvesting is done by hand. Plots are harvested as individual lots and brought down the slope to be vinified together based on the altitude of the vineyards the fruit came from. Macerations tend to be 12-30 days long and fermentation starts in stainless steel. The wines then age for at least 18 months in a combination of French oak 225 liter barrels and 20 hectoliter vats. Bottles are held below the cellar in ideal conditions to achieve a mesmerizing character of elegance and complexity.