Sforzato della Valtellina Ronco del Picchio, natural wine, made from grapes dried for 90 days. Like Amarone, Sforzato or Sfurzat is rich, hedonistic and intense. It is a true Vino da Meditazione. Sforzato represents the best of Nebbiolo in the Valtellina. Fay’s top wine has to be our favourite. It is grown at 700 metres up on death defyingly steep terraces. Ronco del Picchio is a labour of love for young wine maker Marco Fay because it is so hard and labour intensive to produce. They cannot get any mechanisation up there on the high slopes, not really even horses. All the vineyard work is by hand. In the winter, the vineyards are well below freezing and so manual work is gruelling.
Sforzato della Valtellina Ronco del Picchio has unmistakable style and personality with a rich layered profile from ripe Nebbiolo fruit to cocoa and sweet fruits from the appassimento. The palate is both powerful and warm but also fresh and has great finesse. This is stunning Nebbiolo, although different, it is a rival for many in Piemonte and is without doubt one of Italy’s great red wines. A must try for lovers of great Nebbiolo, and also for lovers of Amarone.
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Maturation||Fermentation in stainless steel for twenty days with maceration of 10 days. Malolactic fermentation and maturation for 12 months in barriques|
|Total Sulphur||70 mg/l|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||10-15 years|