Barbacan 2020 Rosso Alpi Retiche, Valtellina DOC
Item Number: 16929
Sub Region: Valtellina
Appellation/AVA: Valtellina Rosso DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca)
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Moraine (glacial rock and sediment)
Elevation: 350 to 450 meters
Vine Age: 25-60 years
Area of Origin: The grapes are from Valgella. Valgella is one of five viticulture sub-zones specifically 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 baskets of 20 kg, which are loaded on the shoulders for ease of walking up and down the steep, stone steps.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs in large Austrian barrels with native yeast. Fermentation and maceration on the skins has no predetermined duration but, as usual, is done without changing the natural balance of each vintage and waiting patiently for the sugar to turn into alcohol. The wine matures on the lees in small oak barrels for 9 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 matures for three months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Rosso di Valtellina is Barbacan’s work horse of a wine. It is a grippy mountain Nebbiolo wine with expressive berry fruit, a touch of forest floor and bits of leather. It is a complex wine showing layers of flavor that are brought together with spiced wood tannins. Allow this baby to breath a bit, relaxing into more delicate trip. Rosso di Valtellina is a food lovers wine. Pairing it with foods such as stewed red meats, rich polenta, risotto, and pasta with cheese for a pleasant experience.