Grape: 95% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo), 5% Pignola, Rossola, and Pinot Nero. Region: Italy> Lombardy> Valtellina> Sassella. Notes: Oak Barrel aging, Sustainable farming.
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.Sassella is the name of one of five sub-zones of Valtellina. The estate, founded in 1881, is one of the oldest producers in the area, and is still run by the Bettini family.
This pretty wine is elegant, light bodied, gentle, with soft, silky tannins and lively acidity- yet rich with layers of flavors including cherry, wild berries, forest floor, and Alpine herbs. It spends time in large Slovenian neutral oak “Botti.”
Food Pairing: Mushroom dishes, game, asparagus, herb dishes, risotto, roasted/grilled white meat, etc.