2019 Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG Italy
The Nino Negri Inferno is sourced from the best crus of the Inferno subzones of Calvario, Sopragironi, Sottogironi and Ca Rossa. Grapes are densely cultivated high on the terraced hillside in poor, sandy soils and a due-south exposure.
Grapes are hand-harvested in early October and transported to the winery where they are sorted and macerated at cold temperatures for five days in stainless steel vats. Aging occurs over a period of 20-24 months in a combination of 80hl and smaller 50hl French oak barrels.
Made in Northern Italy’s Valetellina, where the vineyards are so steep the grapes are harvested by helicopter, the term Inferno makes reference to the region’s dramatic temperature fluctuations which have a significant impact on grape ripening. –Here, Nebbiolo evolves with soft black cherry notes, hints of rose petal, prominent tannins and a structure built by fierce growing conditions.