RAINOLDI ALPI RETICHE NEBBIOLO 2019
MOUNTAIN STRAWBERRY FINE
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
A beautifully classic Nebbiolo from a mountainous Organic vineyard in Valtellina. Aged in large Slovenian oak, the wine is able to remain honest offering Mountain herbs, red fruits, tobacco and wet stone.
From The Distributor: Rainoldi is a fourth-generation family wine business that was founded amid a climate of poverty and emigration in 1920s Valtellina. The current owners, Aldo and Michela Rainoldi, practice organic, non-interventionist farming and age their wines in traditional large Slavonian oak. Their wines are honest, pure and of the highest order - easily producing some of the finest suites of Nebbiolo in the world.
‘Alpi Retiche’ is a smashing entry level while the humble Rosso showcases Valtellina, walking a line between smokey, savoury alpine herbs and a core of delicious little red fruits. Their Inferno Superiore showcases the rocky appellation with ripeness, tobacco and wet stone minerality. The sublime Sassella Superiore Riserva is a pinnacle of the region, spending two years in cask and one in bottle before release. It is elegantly intense and loaded with strawberry, baking spice and violet.
Valtellina is a unique territory, rich in history, culture and biodiversity. It is located in the far north of Italy, in Lombardy, in a special climatic position. It is considered the most important mountain vine-growing region in Italy, the third in Europe. It is the second-largest Nebbiolo producing region in the world.
The mountains are said to put their signature on the wines of Valtellina and, not surprisingly, the Nebbiolo grapes from this valley express the rocks and mountain. For this reason, it is unique, special, elegant, contemporary, but at the same time, beyond time and timeless. In Valtellina, the vineyards hang from the mountains, suspended on spectacular terraces made of dry-stone walls. They are nestled in the woods, able to capture and store the heat of the sun. A sort of Mediterranean scrub in the heart of the Alps, where cacti, agaves and olive trees grow. This biodiversity typical of Valtellina transmits a “Valtellina style” to the grapes and wines, a style projected into the future, designed with the values of sustainability, respectful of nature and the environment.