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Staff Pick

Valtellina Superiore Sassella "Grisone," Alfio Mozzi - 2013

Item # 31135 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Great with veal, lamb or mature hard cheeses, this wine is 100% Nebbiolo from the western Sassella appellation in Lombardy. Intensely perfumed with lavender, roses, and red cherries, this wine shows a great combination of acidity and tannin. Alfio Mozzi started estate bottling his wine after years of supplying fruit to other producers. His vineyards are located in the village of Castione Andevenno where he works his 3.5 ha estate high up in the slopes overlooking the Adda River. Nebbiolo from this region is called Chiavannasca and while it shares many characteristics with the Langhe version, Chiavannasca is more delicate in this cooler region.

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Staff Pick Notes

Did you notice the label? It turns out the slate soil of this appellation acts like a little incubator, both retaining soil heat and reflecting light. This lets prickly pears grow even in the northern most reaches of Italy. More important, it permits the steady ripening of Nebbiolo. While Barolo and Barbaresco are famously brooding in their youth, Nebbiolo of the Valtellina is often much more approachable. Alfio Mozzi meticulously tends his 3.5 hectares of vines along a narrow valley expanse that is steep and formidable. The fruits of his labor produce a wine replete with floral headiness, sweet tannins and tempered acidity. It's a delight.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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...

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