Bulk Buy on a value-priced Nebbiolo, the Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore DOCG.
90% Nebbiolo and 10% Merlot from estate vineyards in Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy. The wine spends 18 months in large French and Slavonian oak vats and at least another 4 months in bottle before release. It has 3.8 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $14. It is imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons, LTD and 50,000 bottles were produced.
This wine owes its name to the fifteenth-century Castello Quadrio di Chiuro (headquarters of the Nino Negri cellars) which belonged to Stefano Quadrio, governor of the Valtellina in the 15th century. The grapes, 90% Nebbiolo, locally called "Chiavennasca", 10% Merlot, come from the best parcels of the Valtellina Superiore. The wine matured for about 20 months in 80 hl Slavonian oak vats in the cellars of the Castello Quadrio.
Today's wine comes from the Valtellina region in Lombardy, Italy on the slopes of the Alps. The red wines here are made from Nebbiolo (known locally as Chiavennasca), much liked the famed Piedmont Barolo and Barbaresco. Valtellina Superiore is the top designation of these wines and offers a great alternative for Reverse Wine Snobs who love Nebbiolo but don't love the prices of Barolo.
The 2016 Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore DOCG opens with a bouquet of dark berry fruit beautifully intermingled with baking spice. It's a fabulous aroma that also features some nice floral touches. Licorice and mint round it out nicely and we haven't even take a sip yet.
Doing so does not disappoint as this is a beauty of a wine. It's smooth and savory with all the flavors from the nose combining beautifully in the mouth as well.
Fine, slightly grippy tannins lead into the dry, really long, complex finish. Licorice and more berry fruit linger for quite a while after taking a sip. It needs an hour or two to open up but this is wonderful, really lovely stuff.
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