Sandro Fay Sforzato della Valtellina, "Ronco del Picchio", 2011

Sandro Fay Sforzato della Valtellina, "Ronco del Picchio", 2011

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The Azienda Agricola Fay was founded in 1973 by Sandro Fay who, starting from a small family-run wine producing business, decided to expand the estate’s activities. In 1971 on the winery’s premises in San Giacomo di Teglio, the winery was constructed and in the following years the vineyards were extended by incorporating several additional plots of land. Since 1998, Sandro has been primarily operated by Sandro's children- Marco and Elena who are committed to promoting single their vineyards with different soils and altitudes to produce wines with distinctive characteristics. Valtellina is the biggest mountain vineyard terraced area in Italy. The native grape variety grown there is Nebbiolo, or local name Chiavennasca. The vines are grown at an altitude between 350 and 900 meters on primarily sand and silty soils. Azienda Sandro Fay organically farms 14 hectares. The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine are picked in the first week of October and are left in small boxes and arranged in an airy room until December. An Italian term meaning "strained," sforzato wines are made in the appassimento method, similar to Amarone, by laying harvested grapes on straw mats to dry for several months. The drying process concentrates sugars and results in higher alcohol wines. Alcoholic fermentation is done in stainless steel tank for 20 days with maceration of 10 days. Malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months in barriques. Potent nose of ripe red fruit tones and reminiscent of cherries, blackberries and plums. The palate expands to chocolate, spices, balsamic and woody notes. Velvety in the mouth, with dense tannins .

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