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Il Glicine Sassella Sandro Fay 2016

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One Line Description Il Glicine Valtellina Superiore Sassella Sandro Fay, natural wine, 100% Nebbiolo, serious, smooth, structured, aromatic
Production Method Natural
Country Italy Italian
Region Lombardia, Italy
Producer Sandro Fay
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Nebbiolo
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Terroir Sandy, granitic, high altitude
Total Sulphur Level 70 mg/l
Maturation Fermentation in stainless steel for two weeks. 7 days maceration. Malolactic fermentation and maturation for 12 months in barriques
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5-10 years
Production Detail Single vineyard, traditional methods, low intervention
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Il Glicine Valtellina Superiore Sassella Sandro Fay, natural wine, 100% Nebbiolo, serious, smooth, structured, aromatic. With the red colour turning to a burnt orange, Il Glicine from Sandro Fay has all the hallmarks of a top flight Nebbiolo. It offers a full range of aromas from blueberries, cherries and blackberries through to chocolate, coffee and black pepper. You will not be disappointed with the smooth, velvety taste, soft tannins, good acidity and hints of strawberry and cranberry. Sounds far too good to is...a top wine from a great producer.

The Societa Agricola Fay was founded in 1973 by Sandro Fay who decided to expand the small, family estate’s activities. Since 1998, Sandro has been aided by his children Marco and Elena. The estate is 15 hectares on the terraced Valtellina mountain, where they grow mostly Nebbiolo, locally called Chiavennasca. The vines are grown at an altitude between 350 and 900 metres. The soil in their vineyards is mainly sandy, resulting from crumbled granitic formations. The style of Nebbiolo that they make is different from that of Barolo, but is no less note worthy - Sandro even makes an Amarone style from Nebbiolo called Sforzato which is made with 90 day dried grapes, which is fabulous. To meet Marco, son of Sandro and current wine maker at Vini Fay, you would never know his wines are served at some of Europe's finest tables (eg served from Magnum's at Simon Rogan's Claridges restaurant). He is the most softly spoken and humble bloke you could ever hope to meet. Still only in his thirties, he spends considerable time in the vineyard on the steep terraces where the Nebbiolo grows high up in the Valtellina valley and where in winter the temperature can be - 15 degrees. Marco and his wines deserve all the plaudits they get, this is wine hard made, steep slopes, low yields, freezing temperatures make for hard physical graft and Marco does it happily with a big smile and great humility.


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    This wine is truly stunning and my favourite that I've tried from Sandro Fay. The description doesn't do it justice. Silk smooth but with such great structure and complexity that opens up and shows everything is has over time. Will

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