Barbacan Azienda Agricola, Sol, Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy 2017
Barbacan is a produced by Angelo Sega and his two sons, Luca and Matteo. Together they farm their small estate in the Alpine region of Valtellina Superiore. This region, a sub region of Lombardy, is known for its mountainous, steeply terraced vineyards and stony soils. Nebbiolo is the star of the region and locally called Chiavennasca. Nebbiolo from Valtellina is often lighter and less tannic than its Piedmont counterparts. Due to the altitude and steepness, Sega’s vineyards are all hand harvested, manually and sustainably farmed. They are both growers and producers making all their wine onsite. Sol is their flagship wine, showcasing the best Nebbiolo has to offer from the region. On the nose there are notes of red rose, rose hips and red cedar. On the palate the nose follows with the addition of woody mushroom, cooked red apple, stewed black fruit and notes of pine. There are soft tannins and fresh acid giving this wine a round, structured mouthfeel. The finish is lingers but it not dry. This wine would pair well with stews, roasted root vegetables and roasted game meat.