Why we love it
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. The process is similar to the one for the Amarone and compared to a normal Barolo, made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, in the Sforzato della Valtellina the wine has much more fruit, softer tannins and higher acidity.
A great wine, full, elegant, plenty of fruit, smooth, and to confirm that we have developed a good nose, this year, after we started importing it, has been awarded gold medal at the Decanter Wine Awards.
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.