Barbacan 2017 'Sol' Valtellina Superiore Valgella DOCG

Barbacan 2017 'Sol' Valtellina Superiore Valgella DOCG

Item Number: 15158

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Lombardy
Sub Region: Valtellina
Appellation/AVA: Valtellina Superiore DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 450-600 meters

Sol is the name of the wine, which in the local dialect means soil. Sol 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 subregion. Valgella is one of five viticulture subzones identified as producing Valtellina wines of particularly high quality: the other four are Inferno, Sassella, Grumello and Maroggia.

Harvest: The Chiavennasca (local name for Nebbiolo) grapes are manually harvested in 20 kg baskets, 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: Sol Valtellina Superiore is poetic. 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 Sol Valtellina Superiore with comfort food like hearty stews and meat roasts.

Reviews

  • The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (2/2/2021)

    This is practically all Chiavennasca (nebbiolo) with just a smidge of rossola (a nebbiolo cousin). Fermented in steel, raised in old oak for a year, it then goes back into stainless to settle. 2017 was a hot year, but here the heat translates into a restrained wine with a bit more tannin than the previous vintage. The fruit lurks but right now it’s a beautiful house waiting for beloved company to arrive. I’d give it another year to blossom, or drink it quick, then buy more for the cellar.