Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG Fruttaio Cà Rizzieri 2015

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Fruttaio is the name of the loft where we keep grapes during the appassimento, and Cà means house in Valetellina dialect. Rizzieri was the name of the old owner of the building. Sfursat is made by using the "appassimento" process. The word "sfursat" literally means to force the grapes to give their best. Around 32% of water is lost during the drying proccess, leading to eleveated sugar levels, intensified aromas, color and structure. 

About the Vineyard

In the northern Italian Alps, a patchwork of steeply terraced vineyards spans the northern side of a valley in Lombardy that stretches 25 miles east to west. The vineyards, all facing south, receive optimum sun exposure and are ideal for growing grapes. Winemaking here dates back to the first millennium and today, Valtellina is the only well-established and recognized wine region almost completely dedicated to growing and making Nebbiolo.

Tasting Notes

Intense aroma, with hints of fruit preserve in alcohol, quinine and tobacco. Big in mouth with strong but well-balanced tannins thanks to a rich flesh. Endless finish.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs very well with mature cheeses, in particular “Bitto” cheese. Excellent also with red meat and game.

Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition:
Silt and Sand
Training method:
Guyot Arch-trained
Exposure:
Southern
Average Vine Age:
55 years
Harvest time:
late September, early October
First vintage of this wine:
1995
Bottles produced of this wine:
12,900
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Nebbiolo
Prefermentation technique:
Cold maceration
Time on its skins:
60 hours
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
30 days
Fermentation temperature:
71 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
25 days
Fining agent:
Animal based
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225L
Age of aging container:
80% new, 20% second use
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
15.6 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
4.5 g/L
Acidity:
5.8 g/L
Dry extract:
35.2 g/L

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