2012 Alfio Mozzi Sforzato (Previously $68) SKU #1351340

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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

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    The musical translation for Sforzato (the region in Valtellina from where we are getting this wine) is that a note or chord that is played with particular emphasis or with your entire heart and soul. The Sforzato from Alfio Mozzi is just that. A wine made with heart and soul. The Nebbiolo grapes are often picked a week earlier than others (traditionally due to weather conditions) and then dried on mats for a few months before pressing, just like Amarone. The wine is powerful and deep with savory cherry skin flavors and a rich nose. The Nebbiolo grape has thinner skins than those used in Amarone, so the wine isn't quite as structured leading it to be much more accessible. I couldn't think of anything better than to pair this with grilled sausages or pork chops!


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