Grape: 95% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo), 5% Pignola, Rossola, and Pinot Nero.
Region: Italy> Lombardy> Valtellina> Sassella.
Notes: Oak Barrel aging, Sustainable farmed.
Driving north from the wealthy resort community of Lake Como into the mountains almost near the Swiss border, you will come to the deep valley of Valtellina. Nebbiolo grapes here are cultivated on the steep, stony slopes that no machines can work on. This pretty wine is elegant, not weighty, gentle, with soft, silky tannins and lively acidity, yet rich with layers of flavors including cherry, wild berries, forest floor, and Alpine herbs. Sassella is the name of one of tree sub-zones of Valtellina. It spends time in neutral oak; a large Slovenian oak “Botti.” The estate, founded in 1881, is one of the oldest producers in the area, and is still run by the Bettini family, who produces wines in a style that’s respectful to traditions but also open to technological innovations.