Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2015

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Rainoldi is Valtellina's Nebbiolo. The wines of Rainoldi pay homage to their ancestors through the terracing and carrying on the local viticultural tradition. A range of wines that glorify and honor the local culture, yet strives to innovate and improve, to diversify and offer a selection of high quality wines.

The winery was founded by Giuseppe Rainoldi in 1925, in the suburb of Casacce, near Chiuro in Valtellina, and was named after Giuseppe's son. Valtellina is a mountainous valley that stretches from East to West in Nothern Italy. It is the second largest area in the world for of Nebbiolo. Here, the vine variety Nebbiolo - locally called Chiavennasca - can offer scented, highly elegant and ageable wines.

About the Vineyard

Sassella is the product of the best-known Valtellina Superiore’s subzone. Rich in iron rock with sub-acidic reaction. The wine ages in Slavonian oak barrels for about 20 months, then bottle aged for nine months before release. Grapes: Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca).

Wine Production

Rainoldi strives to produce top quality wine that respects both family tradition, and the environment. Each parcel is harvested based on its altitude in order to maintain the right ripeness, and is vinified separately in a newly installed high-tech winemaking cellar. Due to the extreme steepness of each parcel in Valtellina, grapes are hand harvested and then carried out by helicopter.

Tasting Notes

Delicate aroma, predominantly fruity, spicy and with pot-pourri hints. In the mouth it tastes particularly harmonious, velvet-smooth and lingering.

Food Pairing

This wine matches very well with red meat, game and cheese.

Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition:
Iron-rich and Rocky
Training method:
Guyot Arch-trained
Exposure:
Southern
Average Vine Age:
55 years
Harvest time:
early October
First vintage of this wine:
1925
Bottles produced of this wine:
20,600
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Nebbiolo
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Maceration technique:
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Fining agent:
Animal based
Size of aging container:
26 hl, 56 hl, 115 hl
Type of oak:
Slavonian & French
Length of aging before bottling:
18-20 months
Length of bottle aging:
6-9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.8 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
<1 g/L
Acidity:
5.4 g/L
Dry extract:
27.8 g/L

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