Valle d'Aosta & Valtellina

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This is the first offer in a series from a very fine Italian private collection - all guaranteed as always!

The photo below gives you some idea of what Carema looks like; it's steep and rocky, and the vines are on pergolas that are about 4 feet tall - altogether a challenging environment for growing mountain Nebbiolo. Ownership of the vines is spread between numerous very small growers, almost all members of the excellent coop called Cantina dei Produttori di Carema. Ferrando - likely the largest owner of Carema with 2.5 hectares of vines, and they have set the very high standard by which we judge - and admire - this perfumed, racy alpine Nebbiolo.

Chambave, further up the valley towards Mont Blanc / Monte Bianco, produces wine from Nebbiolo (called Picotenero in the Valle d'Aosta, just to keep us on our toes), blended with Petit Rouge, Gros Vein, and Dolcetto. There are also superb white wines, in the case of the elusive and famous Ezio Voyat, passito Moscatos that are amazing wines.

 

Terraces in Carema                                                                                                                                                 

 

Years ago Isabella Pelizatti told me that an hour of labor in Barolo is the equivalent of 8 hours of work in the Valtellina - easy to believe once you've climbed a few terraces there.

Inferno in Valtellina                                                                                                                                                  

 

Nino Negri made very fine wine back in the day - some of the best mountain Nebbiolo. Jamie Wolff

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