Sassella is probably the oldest area of vine cultivation in Valtellina. The rocks smoothed by the glacier frequently emerge from the ground and form natural terraces used as foundations for centuries-old dry stone walls. The Sassella zone can be divided into two areas: the first is located close to the Adda Valley with a southern exposure and is influenced by the 'Breva', the temperate wind blowing down from Lake Como; the second continues with an eastern exposure and is wedged at the beginning of the Valmalenco from which it receives the fresh alpine breezes. Most of the Nebbiolo used by Nino Negri is grown in the first area, which, thanks to the special characteristics of the microclimate, produces grapes with thin, delicate skins that naturally develop full, elegant aromas with soft, velvety tannins.
Bright garnet hue; complex nose with delightful notes of raspberry jam and hints of wild rose and ripe black cherries; very elegant and well-orchestrated, soft, full palate with good structure and alluring notes of prunes and spice on the long, lingering finish.
Lamb, game, roast red meats, mature cheeses (Bitto).
The vineyards of Valtellina Superiore Docg Sassella.