The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

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Home to lighter-bodied renditions of Nebbiolo from the villages of Grumello and Sassella, Lombardy produces the unique interpretations of Nebbiolo called Sfursat (or Sforzato). With these wines, the mountain-grown Nebbiolo grapes are dried for several months in the Amarone style, yielding reds of extraordinary depth and very pronounced aromas of red flowers and crystallized red fruit. While aged Sfursat/Sforzato is highly enjoyable and quite sought-after, we find its youthful exuberance simply irresistible. Lombardia is also home to some of the finest expressions of Trebbiano to be found in Italy. Lugana (and the surrounding area) produces white wines with incredible verve, brimming with crisp, direct notes of pineapple and white peach and Asian pear.