Grape variety: Nebbiolo/Chiavennasca
Not drying grapes in "Fruttaio" sounds rather odd to red wine lovers in this land, but if one is to remain true to one’s vision, one may indeed appear to be odd at times.
This wine, born in 1999 from an Arturo's idea, plays on the slightly drying of the grapes in the vineyards, up to 600 meters above sea level, at the highest point of Sassella, in the zone called "Ere".
The right waiting time to reach the right degree of phenolic ripening of the grapes can take some weeks later than in the vineyards below. The variations in temperature between day and night during the harvest add strength to the skins and concentrate the sugars. The fruit slowly dries in the wind, while still attached to the vine, as it prepares for its winter rest. Just before the snow comes, between the middle and end of November, the grapes are picked, gently crushed and pressed in a wooden vat. At the first racking, it is completely dry and acidity levels are quite pronounced. The super-ripeness mitigates the nervous tannins of Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi DOCG and aging in large barrels smoothens out its rich texture.
The sweetness of the ripe fruit thus lingers in the fragrance, without any cloying softness on the palate.
After aging in the bottle, Ultimi Raggi becomes the wine with the highest alcohol content of their production, while losing none of the freshness and mouthfeel of Nebbiolo from the Alps.
Vineyard with grass – South/West Exposure – Altitude 600 m
Harvest: November 13th – Yield 30 HL/Ha
Maceration: 30 days in wooden vats 50 hl
Ageing: 5 years in big barrels 50 HL, concrete, bottle
Bottles produced: 6.246 (0,75 l) – 150 (1,50 l) – 30 (3,00 l)
L15 274 released from March 2017
Alcohol: 14% vol
Serve at 15°C in a Nebbiolo glass