2007 Mamete Prevostini Grumello Valtellina Superiore

SKU #1064714

The Prevostini family began producing wine 70 years ago. The family has always had a strong link with the Valtellina region and their remote corner of it, in the terraced alpine mountains of Lombardia along the Swiss Border. This area is an ideal microclimate for Nebbiolo, and Mamete Prevostini focuses wine production in the prestigious cru of Sassella. Think of this Grumello as a poor man's Barolo; 100% Nebbiolo, it shares much with its more northern cousin, including a breathtaking combination of stern power and soft elegance. It's a wowser of a wine, and so very tasty with beef, truffle and cheese-based dishes!

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 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 4/14/2012 
Light ruby red in the glass. The nose is so much like a grenache based CDR. It has the raspberry & high acids so redolent of a Rhone. Now after a few hours of being open the attack shows red fruits, cherry & cranberry. Some glycerin shows but this wine is packed dense with fruit. Good stuff but could use a few more years in bottle to settle.

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Lombardy