2010 Sandro Fay "Costa Bassa" Valtellina Superiore
Sandro Fay has been producing wines in Valtellina for the past 40 years, and is dedicated to single-vineyard expressions of this unique and historic terroir. Upriver from Lake Como and situated only a few kilometers from the Swiss border, the Valtellina DOCG sits in a narrow valley that runs east/west at the base of the alps which protect its sunny climate. The south-facing slopes are almost Mosel-like in their appearance, and the signature grape is Nebbiolo, known locally as Chiavennasca. With its steeply terraced vineyards and sandy soils of decomposed granite, the Nebbiolo grape is expressed in a fresh and elegant style, but the deep varietal characteristics remain unmistakable. Fay's Costa Bassa vineyard is located in the village of Teglio, designated as Valtellina Superiore as one of the finest terroirs in the appellation. In this cooler, sub-alpine climate, the grapes are allowed to slowly ripen until late October, and the wine is aged in large oak casks for 12 months before bottling.