IR20719

Sixtus, Valtellina Superiore, Franzina 2019



£33.00

75cl ALC 13.5%

Bright red fruits mingle with more savour notes of tobacco and spice, there is an exciting vibrancy to this wine as well as depth and complexity. The finish sees wonderfully silky tannins.


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Italy, Italy, Piedmont & NW Italy

Still Red

100% Nebbiolo

Full-bodied

Environmentally friendly

Drink or Keep

2019

Veal, Pan-fried

13.5%

75cl

Cantine Franzina

The Valtellina is part of Lombardy and is a valley north east of Milan, lying close to the Swiss border, and is another outlier for Nebbiolo, here known as Chiavennasca. Vineyards are on south, south west and south east facing slopes above the River Adda.

It’s another area which has seen a great increase in the number of small, quality minded producers in recent years. Typical of these is Mattia Franzina who has a miniscule 0.8 hectares of vines in Buglio-in-Monte, mostly planted with 100 year old Chiavennasca but also including some other local varieties. Mattia is also a talented agronomist and advises many of the other growers in the Valtellina. The family has been there for over 50 years but only started concentrating on vines and building a new cantina in 2014. Winemaking is straightforward with fermentation in stainless steel and 20% aged in oak for the Valtellina and a year in large oak for the Superiore. These are real handcrafted wines.

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Vintage guide

A dry winter followed by a hot summer has certainly affected yields in 2022, but the quality looks excellent across the country. Small but perfectly formed seems to sum up the 2021 vintage here. Across most of the country the 2020 vintage is looking very good indeed with ripe fruit and lovely aromatics. A classic if not straight forward vintage 2019 has delivered some excellent wines but in smaller quantity. Overall, the results are very good in 2018, though a warm wet early summer led to disease pressures in many parts of the country. The Northeast, home to Prosecco amongst others did particularly well; so too did Tuscany and Piedmont but yields were a little down in some estates. 2017 saw a small crop of excellent wines; spring frosts and a later heatwave nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ reduced yields, but you’ll find good results on the whole with excellent results in Piedmont. Yields were down in 2016 but quality is high, Piedmont and Tuscany at least as good as 2015. 2015 is generally an excellent vintage across Italy, perhaps reds having the edge over whites. A year that necessitated a lot of work in the vineyards due to the rains, 2014 produced some surprisingly good results with elegant fresh wines across the country.

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