‘Vigneto Fracia’ Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2015

Nino Negri

Terroir: The Nino Negri Vigneto Fracia is produced from the estate vineyard of the same name. This 16 acre steep, terraced vineyard sits high on the south facing hillside in the commune of Chiuro within the Valgella subzone. Special clones and vinestocks have been selected and densely planted at over 12,000 plants per acre. Soils are poor consisting primarily of sand and granite gravel.

Vinification: The Vigneto Fracia ripens later than the rest of the region with harvest typically conducted in mid to late October. Selection is strict in the vineyard and grapes are sorted again after arrival at the winery. The must is macerated for 8 days and then aged for 16-20 months in small French oak casks.

Additional Information

Bright garnet with brick red highlights in the glass; concentrated aromas of dried flowers, violet and wild rose to the fore, spices and hints of blackberry jam. Dry, warm, full- flavored palate with an elegant finish of ripe plum and lingering bitter almond.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Valtellina Superiore DOCG
  • Winemaker: Casimiro Maule
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l
  • Avg Production: 12-20,000 bottles
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo)

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
    "The 2015 Valtellina Superiore Vigneto Fracia is rich, pliant and super-expressive, with a bit more body than the 2016 tasted alongside it. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, tobacco, mint and spice notes meld into the resonant finish. The powerful, resonant style works so well here."
  • Chowhound Author: Pamela Vachon
    Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
    9 Grocery Store Wines Worth Entertaining With -- "Italian wine labels, much like many elements of holiday entertaining, are sent to try us. But don’t necessarily let that lead you into inferior choices just because something else is easier to interpret. (With all continuing respect due to malbec.) All you need to know about this earthy, spicy selection is that the grape is nebbiolo, a star in Northern Italy, where another holiday star is born: truffles. So if you’re going for broke on those little fungal gemstones, you’ll want to aim high in the wine department also. Nebbiolo’s high tannins beg for some richness and decadence to contrast it, like with our Truffled Fingerling Smashed Potatoes."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
    "An expressive, elegant red that leads with fragrant ground spice, citrus peel and rose hip notes that carry through to the wild strawberry, mineral and marjoram flavors. Finely balanced and silky in texture, with grippy tannins firming the fresh, focused finish. Drink now through 2029. 2,500 cases made, 150 cases imported." October 31st, 2019 Issue.

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