Why we love it
Sforzato della Valpolicella is a very little known Italian red wine.
Sforzato in Italian means "forced" and in this case it means Nebbiolo grapes harvested and then let drying for about 3 months as to eliminate the water and concentrate the fruit as to enhance its aromas and flavours. The process is similar to the one for the Amarone, and compared to a normal Barolo, also made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, the wine more fruit, softer tannins and higher acidity and then aged for 30 months.
We tasted the wine by chance at the Vinitaly, we were just walking around and decided to visit the booth of the producer, but after tasting it, we could not walk away from it, it is a great wine, full, elegant, complex, plenty of fruit, smooth, and just to confirm that we have a nose for great wines, after we started importing it, it was awarded Gold medal at the Decanter Wine Awards 2018.
Enjoy on its own, sip by sip, or drink with some mature cheese
The artisan who made it
Rivetti & Lauro is a dream come true. The Valtellina is a mountainous area with vineyards planted on terraces where everything is done manually, including harvesting, and in these mountains Rivetti & Lauro, two friends, decided to follow their dream and passion and making wine. The Nebbiolo is their main grape, Nebbiolo is a great grape that gives it best on these extreme climates, vinified in red and white, but are slowly introducing new grapes to be blended with the Nebbiolo to produce even more outstanding wines.