ALBAREDA SFORZATO DI VALTELLINA D.O.C.G. (single bottle)
This is one of two Sforzato wines in our selection. It is largely unknown in the Nordics (and outside of Northern Italy for that matter). It is a wine that is only made in northern Italy's Valtellina region of Lombardy using the appassimento method, which is virtually the same as for the much more famous Amarone. It is done by laying harvested grapes on straw mats to dry for several months. The drying process concentrates sugars and results in higher alcohol wines. In the Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG, the wines must be a minimum of 90 percent Chiavennasca or Nebbiolo as it more known by and have at least 14 percent alcohol.
It is made by selecting the best grapes of the Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G from only the sub-regions Sassella and Grumello
The grapes are gathered in crates and subsequent drying up in late January, after that stainless steel pressing and fermentation with 21 days of the must on the skins aging, maturing 20 months in oak barrels and aged for 10 months in bottle.
It produces a wine that is deep garnet in color with orange haze and a nose of spices and red fruits. Despite its heavier nature the inherent acidity is still lingering there so for us we hold it higher than Amarone wines.