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Nebbiolo Costa Bassa Sandro Fay 2017

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One Line Description Costa Bassa Fay has a superbly vibrant colour entices you in and leads to a complex nose of fruits and flowers; dog rose and raspberries with touches of spice.
Production Method Natural
Country Italy Italian
Region Lombardia, Italy
Producer Sandro Fay
Vintage 2017
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Nebbiolo
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Mainly sandy (about 70%), silty (18%), with an acid pH ranging between 4,5 and 5,5, resulting from crumbled granitic formations that vary in thickness from less than one metre to a few metres. Grapes grown on the lower slopes (costa bassa) of the valley
Total Sulphur Level 70 mg/l
Maturation 12 months in large oak botti
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5-7 years
Production Detail Grapes harvested in late October from south-facing vineyards. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for two weeks including maceration for 6 days. Malolactic fermentation. Organic in vineyard with natural yeast in cellar (not registered)
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Costa Bassa Fay has a superbly vibrant colour entices you in and leads to a complex nose of fruits and flowers; dog rose and raspberries with touches of spice. The palate is smooth and fresh with an abundance of forest fruit flavours and a warm lengthy finish. The Nebbiolo (called Chiavennasca) here gives fresh, elegant wine, dry with medium body, garnet coloured with soft tanins! Nebbiolo is usually associated with the mighty Barolos of Piedmonte but try this superb wine as an alternative. Piemonte nebbiolos are typically more concentrated than Chianvennasca, although the different microclimates in both Valtellina and Lombardia provide different representations of the grape and one that should not be missed.

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 our vineyards is mainly sandy, resulting from crumbled granitic formations. The style of Nebbiolo here 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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