Balgera Valtellina Superiore 'Valgella' 2005Regular price £30.00
Stand on your tiptoes in Piemonte, look north-east and squint very, very hard: that’s Lombardy’s mountainous Valtellina region. Here, Paolo Balgera farms 6.5ha of Nebbiolo, known as Chaivennasca in these parts. These steep, south-facing terraces are some of Italy’s most difficult and expensive to work – forget ‘heroic’ viticulture, it's positively Herculean. Eyepoppingly fragrant, light on their feet, stony, pure, and structured, these are alpine Nebbiolos at their finest.
Aged for four years in barrel, this balances its sumptuous, bright red fruit with smoke and spice qualities. Haunting, classic cool Nebbiolo.