budget friendly estate bottled italy sustainably farmed

Rainoldi Grumello Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2011



Estate: The Rainoldi estate was founded in 1925 by Aldo Rainoldi and is located in northern Lombardy, an area noted for its Nebbiolo cultivation. The “current Aldo” heads the 9 hectare family estate today, using sustainable methods in order to encourage and protect “the ecosystem balance of the vineyard, and consequently, the health and longevity of the plants.”

Winemaking: The vineyards are located on intensely steep slopes [350-600m above sea level] with shallow, loose soils and an average vine age of over 60 years. In addition to receiving full sun, there is an extreme range in day to night temperatures, “which allows to have healthier grape bunches and more aromatic wines”. Integrated production and sustainable methods are used; in fact the only time pesticides are used at all is in extreme cases to combat “Flavescence Dorée, a serious disease transmitted by vine leafhoppers”. Aged for over 18 months in Slavonian oak barrels, then bottle aged in the cellar for at least 9 months before release. Serving in large glasses is recommended by the winery.

Tasting Notes: Translucent garnet in colour with aromas of cherry and hints of oak. Light and lean, yet with expressive layers of black cherry, black peppercorn, licorice and hints of tar. The clean, super dry finish highlights the fantastic balance of fruit, silky tannins and subtle oak undercurrent. Wonderfully easy drinking on its own, and a great companion to a wide variety of dishes.

100% Nebbiolo
Grumello / Valtellina Superiore
Estate Bottled by the Producer Aldo Rainoldi
13% Alcohol
$17 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2016

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