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Ronco del Picchio Sforzato della Valtellina Fay 2016

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One Line Description Ronco del Picchio Fay Sforzato, a natural wine made from dried grapes like Amarone, rich, hedonistic and intense and a true 'Vino da Meditazione'.
Production Method Natural
Country Italy Italian
Region Lombardia, Italy
Producer Sandro Fay
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Nebbiolo
Alcohol 15% abv
Total Sulphur Level 70 mg/l
Maturation Fermentation in stainless steel for twenty days with maceration of 10 days. Malolactic fermentation and maturation for 12 months in barriques
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10-15 years
Production Detail Teglio, San vineyard Gervasio. The vineyard is situated 700 m. above sea level, South Sandy soil (70%), loam (20%) at acid pH
Natural Features Vegan, Unfined


Ronco del Picchio made from 90 day dried grapes like Amarone is rich, hedonistic and intense and a true Vino da Meditazione. Sforzato truly represents the greatness of Nebbiolo in the Valtellina. Fay's top wine has to be one of the be one of the best in the area, grown at 700 metres up on death defying, steep terraces, Roncho del Picchio is a labour of love for young wine maker Marco Fay. The wine has unmistakable style and personality with a rich layered profile from ripe Nebbiolo fruit to cocoa and sweet oak nuances. The palate is both powerful and warm but maintains freshness and great finesse. A stunning Nebbiolo, a rival for many in Piemonte and one of Italy's great red wines! A must try for lovers of great Nebbiolo, and also for lovers of Amarone.

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. 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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    Richard Arnold17/03/2017

    Strong fruity nose. Beautiful, rich and silky - powerful and full bodied, but elegant at the same time Lives up to everything in the Buon Vino sales description. Simply a brilliant wine.

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