Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina Tei 2021

Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina Tei 2021

Sandro Fay Rosso di Valtellina Tei 2021

Regular price $22.00
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Among the many lengths humans go to eat and drink, there are some outliers that make you wonder. Who was the first person to look at a lobster and think “I wonder if I can eat that?” Who was the first person who took a bite out of a clump of dirt and bit into a truffle? And who was the first person who gazed at the sandy, rocky patches of ground along the sheer walls of Valtellina and thought that was a reasonable place to put a vineyard? We are indebted to all these people, and some of their descendants, who continue to farm those steep vineyards in Italy’s most northerly Nebbiolo outpost,  locally called Chiavennesca. Sandro Fay inherited his family’s vineyard in 1971, and spent the decade turning it into an Azienda Agricola of a modest size that has now passed to his children Marco and Elena. The elevation and nutrient-poor soils here ensure the grapes only just get ripe, and the result is a decidedly bright spectrum of aromas in their entry tier Rosso. Fresh raspberries, Rainier cherries, pluots, and peaches waft in on an alpine breeze with a bouquet of fresh, aromatic flowers. On the palate this wine offers sprightly red berries, cara cara orange, a touch of anise, sandy soil, and dusty tannins. A collection of dry herbs sprouts on the finish, but the fruit lingers gently too. This is classic, low alcohol Nebbiolo from a beautiful and often-overlooked corner of Italy.
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