2013 Sandro Fay "Ca' Morei" Valtellina Superiore Valgella (Previously $35)

SKU #1285696 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Sandro Fay’s six-acre Cà Moréi vineyard sits on steep, sandy slopes in Valtellina’s eastern subzone of Valgella. He showcases the aromatic delicacy of high-altitude nebbiolo in this wine’s scents of rose petals and fresh red berries. Those berry flavors continue on the palate, picking up notes of brushy herbs, black spice and bitter orange as the tight tannins begin to give way. Bright, lifted and delicious now, it has the concentration and structure to improve with several years in the cellar.  (8/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Cà Moréi is a dark, powerful wine endowed with serious tannic intensity that belies its mid-weight structure. Sweet tobacco, dried cherry, rose petal, licorice and smoke give this dark, brooding Valtellina Superiore much of its distinctive personality. (AG) 91+  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Ca Morei is a small 2.5 hectare vineyard with perfect southern exposure and sandy soil. In this cool, sub-alpine climate, the grapes are allowed to hang until the second half of October.

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