2012 Alfio Mozzi "Grisone" Sassella (Previously $35) SKU #1351339

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Tasting Notes

From the importer: "Near the tiny village of Castione Andevenno, Alfio Mozzi carefully tends his 3.5 hectares of terraced Nebbiolo vines in the superb Il Grisone site at an altitude varying from 350-600 meters on the slopes above the river Adda. Due to the varying altitude in this vineyard he can harvest each vine at different times and at optimal ripeness. The soil is about 80% sandstone and 20% limestone. Viticulture is in conversion to organic and in this last year he has converted 1ha to biodynamic farming. The age of the vines ranges from 5 years, (the youngest) while the oldest are more than 100 years old. The winery was founded in 1998 when Alfio Mozzi chose to become a full-time wine entrepreneur, encouraged by coming from a family of wine growers. Alfio spent most of his childhood and adolescence in the vines of his great-grandparents and after 11 years of working as a blacksmith, he decided to devote himself first to the sole cultivation of the vines which then turned him to wine-making and finally owner of his own small winery."

Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is beautiful. It has more weight and richness than most Valtellina wines but it never loses its sense of place. To fully appreciate it, try it with Pizzoccheri, the classic buckwheat pasta dish of the region. Google that to find a recipe. It has chard, cheese and potatoes and it’s a truly hearty dish!
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    From the most prestigious region in Valtellina, Lombardy, the Sassella subregion consists of 325 acres of steep slopes with sandy limestone soils. The Grisone from Alfio Mozzi is a hand picked, single vineyard Nebbiolo that is enthusiastic in its aromatics and concentrated on the palate. It spends 18 months in small french oak barrel that balances the snap and tenacity of the wine. The fresh, red fruit is still alive and kicking while mixing with notes of savory black tea and leather. It is light to medium bodied and perfect for your next grilled dinner!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    This alpine Nebbiolo from Italy's Valtellina zone captures a gentler and more subtle side of this noble grape. It highlights scents of earthy cherry and mint and juicy dark red fruit flavors with a great mid-palate presence and finish. Try this one with braised meats, poultry and cheese based dishes.


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