A 5-star Sfursat
Valtellina Sforzato or Sfursat DOC is made from Chiavennasca grapes (the local name of Nebbiolo) which have raisinated on drying racks for several months. The grapes come from all the zones of the Valtellina Superior appellation and, in particular, the areas of Valgella, Grumello and the recently recognized Maroggia, less from Inferno and almost never from Sassella. They can even come other Valtellina DOC vineyards as long as they have a per hectare yield of 80,000kg, as for the Superiore, and not 100,000kg, as allowed for the ‘normal’ wines.
Nino Negri’s Sfursat 5 Stelle is one of the two Sfursat wines the estate produces. It is the result of a very strict selection and the wine ages in oak barriques, mostly from Allier wood, for around 18 months. The following a review of a vertical tasting of ten vintages I had the pleasure to take part in at the estate’s headquarters not long ago. The current retail price in Italy for the latest vintage is about 50 euros a bottle.