Mid-slope in Sassella, looking west; April 2018

Wines from the Veronelli Collection: the Valtellina

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Enologica Valtellinese 1967                    

 

 

Luigi Veronelli lived in Bergamo, just south of the Valtellina (and the largest nearby town), so it's not surprising that this is a pretty comprehensive survey of the Valtellina's best winemakers of the day. And it's interesting to have such a large group of wines from the Enologica Valtellinese; purchased by Nino Negri in 1992, I can't find much of any info about them beyond Wasserman saying that "their wines can be very good indeed". The couple that I've tasted could definitely compete with the other producers offered here.

The Veronelli cellar was very hard on labels – too humid for paper (fine for corks). We sometimes clean old bottles to remove years of dust and dirt so that they are more conventional in appearance, but this time we’ve decided that you would enjoy sharing the kick we get out of having the wines as-is, direct from the cellar; it’s part of the pleasure of the history of these bottles. Jamie Wolff

Read more about Luigi Veronelli and his amazing cellar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelizzatti 1974 Valtellina Superiore Sassella

Sassella is widely considered to be the most noble and elegant of the five subzones of Valtellina. Terraced vineyards on steep, south-facing slopes produce high quality "mountain nebbiolo" with great ability to age. The 1974 Sassella from Pelizzatti still clings to a bit of fruit, with notes of dried cherry, cherry pit and red plum being accompanied by cedar, sage, and hint of smokiness. Drink now with roasted pork, game, or savory dishes laden with umami. Oskar Kostecki

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Pelizzatti 1974 Valtellina Superiore Inferno

Considered to be the warmest part of the valley of Valtellina (hence the dramatic name) Inferno is situated close to the town of Poggiridenti, with the grapes growing on steep slopes and rocky soils. This 1974 has aged gracefully, with a faint grip of tannins and good acidity framing slightly vegetal and herbal notes of sage and mint, with coffee, tobacco, cedar, warm spice and hint of cured meat and smoke. Fully mature, this is a wine to be enjoyed now with roasted meat, game, or a mushroom risotto. Oskar Kostecki

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