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Valtellina Superiore (Italy)

Valtellina Superiore is a red wine from Valtellina in Lombardia.

It is made from minimum 90% Nebbiolo grapes.

A Barolo from the Alps.

Typical Flavors


Raspberry
Raspberry
Red Cherry
Red
Cherry
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry

Rose
Rose
Petals
Violets
Violets
Black Currant
Black
Currant
Herbs
Dried
Herbs

Oak added Flavors

Oak
Oak
Licorice
Licorice
Hazelnut
Hazelnut
Slate
Slate

Valtellina Superiore tastes something between Barolo and Pinot Noir.

Wild Red Fruit. Cerries. Black Fruit. Flowers. Dried Herbs.

Notes of Wood, Earth. Licorice, and Hazelnut.

With a Mineral finish from the Mountains.

Profile

Valtellina Superiore have a good Body, good Acidity, and good Tannins:

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium Plus
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium Plus
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Cold Cuts
Cold Cuts
Salami
Salami
Stew
Stew
Rabbit
Rabbit

Lamb
Lamb
Wild Boar
Wild Boar
Deer
Game
Red Meat
Red Meat

In Lombardia, Valtellina Superiore is served with Stews and Brased Meat.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Lombardian Cuisine.
Braised Meat.
Game. Rabbit. Wild Boar.

Cheese:
Mature Cheese.
Grana Padano. Parmigiano Reggiano. Pecorino Vecchio.

Lombardian Specialities:
Bresaola Salame.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a good bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

If You Like Valtellina Superiore

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Italian DOC(G)

Italian wine labels was introduced in 1963. They were designed to copy the French AOC/AC system.

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) regulates production areas, grape varieties, alcohol levels, and vinification techniques.

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification.

Strict rules defines grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures, barrel and bottle maturation, and tasting procedures. Each bottle must have a numbered government seal.

Valtellina DOC(G)

Valtellina produces 3 categories of Nebbiolo wines:

Rosso di Valtellina
DOC 1968
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Maximum harvest 10 tonnes/ha
Aged minimum 6 months
Minimum alcohol 11%
Valtellina Superiore
DOCG 1998
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Maximum harvest 8 tonnes/ha
Aged minimum 2 years (3 for Riserva) minimum 1 year in barrel
Minimum alcohol 12%
Sforzato di Valtellina
DOCG 2003
Amarone style dry passito wine
Minimum 90% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Maximum 10% other Lombardia grapes
Aged minimum 20 months between barrel and bottle
Minimum alcohol 14%

Valtellina Superiore DOCG Areas

DOCG villages for Valtellina Superiore are: Grumello, Inferno, Maroggia, Sassella, and Valgella, and the village name is indicated on the label.

If Stagafassli appears on the label, it is not a subzone. It indicates Valtellina Superiore wine aged and bottled in Switzerland, with grapes from Valtellina in Italy.

Grumello

Full bodied rich wines. Fruit driven and aromatic.
This area has deeper soils and more clay.

Inferno

Full bodied powerful wines.
This area is the warmest and produces concentrated wines.

Sassella

Full body. Complex, elegant and rich. Soft tannins.
The soil contains a lot of sassi (large stones)

Valgella

Medium body. Nebbiolo aromas. A bit more tannic.
The soil here is gravelly, well drained, and rich in silica.

Maroggia

Balanced fruity style. Full body. Light tannins. Good acidity.
This district is the smallest of the Valtellina DOCG districts.

About Valtellina

"A valley surrounded by high and terrible mountains. But they make really powerful wines." was the summary provided by Leonardo da Vinci in his sketch collection "Codice Atlantico".

Valtellina is a valley in the Lombardy region of northern Italy on the border to Switzerland. It is one of Italy's smallest wine regions, with dramatic high altitude vineyard landscapes, angled as solar panels to the south, on steep slopes and tiny terraces.

Most of the wines in the region are red wines produced on the grape Chiavennasca, a local Nebbiolo varity named after the city Chiavenna.

Italy's greatest grape Nebbiolo, has the local name Chiavennasca in Lombardia, Spanna in northern Piemonte, and Picotener in Val d’Aosta.

Valtellina Wine Road

Valtellina Strada del Vino is a 70 km panoramic road through the terraced vineyards where "Nebbiolo delle Alpi" is made.

The road runs from Ardenno to Tirano in the valley.

On the road, there are wineries that provides wine tasting, guided tours, and the possibility to stay overnight, discover traditional dishes "like grandma used to", while drinking local Valtellina wines, and meat the locals who work in the mountains.

Lombardia (Lombardy)

Lombardia, in the north of Italy, is one of the richest regions in Europe.

The capital Milano is the largest metropolitan area in Italy with about 10 million inhabitants.

Lombardia is blessed with spectacular lakes: Como, Maggiore, Garda, and Iseo.

Lombardia has 5 DOCG Regions.

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