2012 Alfio Mozzi Sforzato

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From the importer: "Near the tiny village of Castione Andevenno, Alfio Mozzi carefully tends his 3.5 hectares of terraced Nebbiolo vines in the superb Il Grisone site at an altitude varying from 350-600 meters on the slopes above the river Adda. Due to the varying altitude in this vineyard he can harvest each vine at different times and at optimal ripeness. The soil is about 80% sandstone and 20% limestone. Viticulture is in conversion to organic and in this last year he has converted 1ha to biodynamic farming. The age of the vines ranges from 5 years, (the youngest) while the oldest are more than 100 years old. The winery was founded in 1998 when Alfio Mozzi chose to become a full-time wine entrepreneur, encouraged by coming from a family of wine growers. Alfio spent most of his childhood and adolescence in the vines of his great-grandparents and after 11 years of working as a blacksmith, he decided to devote himself first to the sole cultivation of the vines which then turned him to wine-making and finally owner of his own small winery."

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2018 | Send Email
The musical translation for Sforzato (the region in Valtellina from where we are getting this wine) is that a note or chord that is played with particular emphasis or with your entire heart and soul. The Sforzato from Alfio Mozzi is just that. A wine made with heart and soul. The Nebbiolo grapes are often picked a week earlier than others (traditionally due to weather conditions) and then dried on mats for a few months before pressing, just like Amarone. The wine is powerful and deep with savory cherry skin flavors and a rich nose. The Nebbiolo grape has thinner skins than those used in Amarone, so the wine isn't quite as structured leading it to be much more accessible. I couldn't think of anything better than to pair this with grilled sausages or pork chops!

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- 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.


- 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.