Barbacan 2014 'Sol' Valtellina Superiore Valgella DOCG
Item Number: 10919
Sub Region: Lombardy
Appellation/AVA: Valtellina Superiore DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Moraine (glacial rock and sediment)
Elevation: 450 – 500 meters asl
Söl is the name of the wine, which in the local dialect means soil. Söl is Barbacàn's premier wine and everything a high quality Valtellina wine should be.
Vine Age: 20-50 years
Area of Origin: Valtellina Superiore Valgella wines are those made under the Valtellina Superiore DOCG, specifically within the Valgella sub-region. Valgella is one of five viticulture sub-zones identified as producing Valtellina wines of particularly high quality: the other four are Inferno, Sassella, Grumello and Maroggia.
Harvest: Grapes are manually harvested in baskets of 20 kg, which are loaded on the shoulders like backpacks for ease of walking up and down the steep, stone steps.
Vinification: Grapes are destemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs with native yeast. Fermentation and maceration on the skins has no predetermined duration but is done without changing the natural balance of each vintage and waiting patiently for the full swing of the sugar into alcohol. The wine matures on its lees in oak barrels for 12 months. With the first warm days of June, it spontaneously starts malolactic fermentation, which naturally ends in the cooler month of September. The wine then ages for 6 months in stainless steel and another 6 months in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Söl Valtellina Superiore is poetic. With only 2 wines in their repertoire, Söl is the Paul Simon of the Barbacàn’s duo. This is melodic mountain Nebbiolo whose rose hips invite you dancing. Bits of mushroom and spice slip and slide over delicately leathered cherries and crushed pine needles with lively acidity and tannins. Pair Söl Valtellina Superiore with comfort food like hearty stews and meat roasts.