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Nino Negri, Nebbiolo "Mazer" Valtellina Superiore, Lombardia, Italy 2020

Nino Negri, Nebbiolo "Mazer" Valtellina Superiore, Lombardia, Italy 2020

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100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo)

Bright garnet hue with ruby highlights: pronounced, fruity nose of blackberry and bilberry; woody licorice and spicy notes reminiscent of bay leaf and juniper. Dry and
flavorsome on the palate with elegant, velvety tannins.

Established in 1897, Nino Negri is the premier estate producing wine in the Valtellina DOCG in Italy’s Lombardy region. The estate specialty is Sfursat (“strained” or “forced”); a wine made from grapes harvested by trained pickers and dried for 100 days in the cool, dry, alpine air. This winemaking style combines the opulence of Amarone with the elegant complexity of Barolo. The success of Nino Negri is due largely to the efforts of winemaker Casimiro Maule who has worked at the estate since 1971, his entire professional life. In 2007, Casimiro was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Gambero Rosso, the magazine authority in Italian wine.

The star and primary varietal here is Chiavennasca, the local name for Nebbiolo. The variety has been cultivated in the area for over 1,000 years and all Valtellina DOCG wines must contain at least 90% Chiavennasca.

The winery is located in the city of Chiuro in the 15th Century Quadrio Castle. The “castle” sits above an array of underground cellars which house thousands of barrels. All Nino Negri wines age for at least two years before they are released to ensure optimum maturity at time of bottling.

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