2010 Sandro Fay "Costa Bassa" Valtellina Superiore

SKU #1136335

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.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/3/2013  | Send Email
A perfect balance of masculine and feminine styles. Plummy fruit meets sandalwood with incredible structure. After meeting Sandro's son Marco earlier this year, I've become a lifelong follower of the brand because of their passion and exceptional quality.

By: Adam Winkel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
This is a bright and juicy style of Nebbiolo with a good measure of savor to make it interesting. A few minutes in the glass reveals flavors of cherry, potpourri, white pepper, and a hint of woodsmoke. There is a feminine persistence and vigor to the medium-bodied structure and a which is just right to enjoy with charcuterie.

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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