La Cruus

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Italy  Valtellina 

A more modern Valtellina Superiore. Single vineyard Valtellina Superiore DOC, from La Cruus in the Inferno area. I had had my heart set on the Sommarovina Sassella for years, but when I tasted the new addition La Cruus 2015 in March 2018 I was so impressed I changed my plans and bought this one instead. It was just as complex but also more immediately accessible. This wine won Platinum, Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 so it's not just me!

Features Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Carbon Neutral, Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Nebbiolo
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La Cruus Valtellina Superiore 2017 75cl cl
£38.70
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Single vineyard Valtellina Superiore DOC, from La Cruus in the Inferno area.

I had had my heart set on the Sommarovina Sassella for years, but when I tasted the new addition La Cruus 2015 in March 2018 I was so impressed I changed my plans and bought this one instead. It was just as complex but also more immediately accessible.

This wine won Platinum, Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 so it's not just me!

In their words: "Light, pale garnet red. Fresh, light, teasing yet intricate aromas of fresh hedgerow fruits, sweetly expressed. There's great aromatic refinement here. On the palate, the wine is light and acid-structured, yet that acidity is amply filled with dry, refined fruit flavours, grave and nuanced. It's a Nebbiolo with a genuinely lacy tannic structure; it has great length; and despite the cool, fresh, high-country style, there is a lingering warmth to inform the finish"

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Mamete Prevostini
Country Italy
Region Valtellina
Features Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Carbon Neutral, Single Vineyard, Vegetarian and Vegan
AOC Valtellina Superiore
Cru Inferno
Aged In Barrel (new), Barrel (old)
Varieties Nebbiolo
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Unfiltered, Low Added Sulphur, Malolactic
Tasting Notes

A ruby red color introduces an intense and fine bouquet with hints of cherry and red berries well supported by more mineral and spicy aromas. Harmonious, fresh and with great character.

Vintage 2017
Decanter, 2018: "Light, pale garnet red. Fresh, light, teasing yet intricate aromas of fresh hedgerow fruits, sweetly expressed. There's great aromatic refinement here. On the palate, the wine is light and acid-structured, yet that acidity is amply filled with dry, refined fruit flavours, grave and nuanced. It's a Nebbiolo with a genuinely lacy tannic structure; it has great length; and despite the cool, fresh, high-country style, there is a lingering warmth to inform the finish"
Vintage 2015
Decanter, 2018: "Light, pale garnet red. Fresh, light, teasing yet intricate aromas of fresh hedgerow fruits, sweetly expressed. There's great aromatic refinement here. On the palate, the wine is light and acid-structured, yet that acidity is amply filled with dry, refined fruit flavours, grave and nuanced. It's a Nebbiolo with a genuinely lacy tannic structure; it has great length; and despite the cool, fresh, high-country style, there is a lingering warmth to inform the finish"
2017
Product Code 39MP0217
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14
Last Tasted 17 Jun 2021
mature evolution? No
Case Size 6
Closure Natural Cork
In a nutshell A worthy award winning Nebbiolo
2015
Product Code 39MP0215
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14
In a nutshell A worthy award winner
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Vinification: The grapes are carefully selected at the sorting table and those that are not perfectly intact areeliminated. After a gentle de-stemming the grapes, lightly pressed, are stored in stainless steel containers, where the alcoholic fermentation takes place with a temperature of 25°C for 15 days during which the skins stays in contact with the wort in the maceration. After the pressing, the wine, is placed in wooden barrels, where the malolactic fermentation is carried out. Here it remains for a further 12-months period of aging. The process is completed with 10-months refinement of the wine in bottle before the release.

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