2010 Mamete Prevostini "Botonero"
A balanced red, with a spicy base and hints of grilled plum, dried cherry and fresh earth. (Web-2012)
This is essentially declassified Valtellina, which is the breathtaking viticultural area located up on the border with Switzerland. Nebbiolo, here called Chiavannasca, makes elegant, structured wines from vines grown on hillsides terraced by the Ligurians, contemporaries of the Etruscans. The "Botonero" is a soft, very fruit forward example, with just a hint of the "tar and roses" of classic Nebbiolo. This is another wine I discovered while the buyer at Pizzeria Mozza and was one of my go-to by the glass wines for its sheer delicousness and versitility with food. Enjoy! (Chris Miller, K&L LA Italian Wine Specialist)