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Ascesa Valtellina Superiore Riserva Contrada Moroni

Valtellina is a remote alpine valley between Lake Como and the border of Switzerland.  The grapes for this wine come from two lots above the subregion of Sassella, grown on 70 year old vines at 2200 foot elevation.  It is a Reserve wine based on freshness and beautiful tannin, rather than power or concentration.

VINEYARD

Designation

Grape varieties

Type

Soil

Aspect

WINERY

Fermentation

Aging

Alcohol

AT HOME

Serving Temperature

Cellaring

Valtellina Superiore Riserva DOCG

100% Nebbiolo

Still, dry red wine

Granite and schist topsoil over rock

South facing vineyard at 2200 feet (670 meters) elevation. Vines 60 to 70 years old.

Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 25 days of maceration on the skins.  

 

2 years in barrel (30% new), followed by a year and a half in bottle.

13%

64°F  (17.5°C)

Up to 20 years

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Appearance:

Medium garnet with orange edge. 

Nose:

Balsamic strawberries, dusty rose petals, pomegranate, nutmeg, wet tobacco, balsa wood, star anise, oregano.

Taste:

Alpine strawberry with a hint of smoke. Lighter bodied and laser focused. Extremely long finish.

Pairing:

Dishes with acid (citrus, tomato) or fatty foods (risotto, cheese).  Roast chicken, meat ravioli, salami.

Why We Love This Wine

In a long east-west valley, bordered by mountain peaks on both sides, lies a unique wine region named Valtellina.  The absence of too little snow on the south-facing slopes has allowed grape cultivation since at least the fifth century. Among the five prominent hills – Sassella, Inferno, Grumello, Valgella, and Marrogia – Sassella is often hailed as the finest, leading to its official demarcation in 1998. The grapes used in crafting the Ascesa Superior Riserva hail from the quaint hamlet of Moroni, situated just above the designated zone. Once considered too cool to fully ripen grapes 25 years ago, this area is now proving to be the freshest part of the hill.

Originally intended for the Superiore blend, these grapes were deemed so exceptional that they were vinified separately. Distinguished by their heightened freshness and acidity, they deliver ripe, long-lasting tannins and exquisite red fruit notes. This wine exhibits a lighter body compared to a traditional Superiore, but with a more extended finish. Adhering to DOC regulations, the wine undergoes a two-year aging process in oak barrels (30% new), followed by an additional year and a half of bottle aging. This extended maturation imparts captivating balsamic and dried rose aromas to the final product.

$55 / Bottle

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Ascesa

Valtellina

2019

Superiore

$55/ Bottle

Riserva

Contrada Moroni

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About the Winery

The Ascesa wines are produced by Fabrizio Testa in the Valtellina region of northern Lombardy.  Winemaking has taken Fabri from Tuscany to Sonoma and now Valtellina, where he has a chance to make wine in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world.  The wine is made at the now renovated Rainoldi winery in the town of Trevisio.  Two more wines; a Superiore and a Sforzato will be added next year.

Images Courtesy of Ascesa

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