Balgera Sassella Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2004

$31

Mountain Nebbiolo. Chiavennasca. These are the names given to the light, aromatic interpretation of Nebbiolo grown in the chilly northern edges of Lombardy in the Valtellina. We're talking alpine wine, with vineyards growing along perilously steep slopes. Paolo Balgera has created some Nebbiolo magic with his Sassella 2004 bottling. After spending 3 years in large Slovenian oak casks, the wine was left to evolve & mature in the bottle over 7 more years before release. The result is a medium-bodied Nebbiolo with bright red cherries, wild strawberries, blackberry brambles and roses. Delicious

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Ratings on Delectable

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Lovely. All the Nebbiolo class with more freshness. Perfume.

Lovely. All the Nebbiolo class with more freshness. Perfume.

9.2

Andrew Lohse Delectable Pro

Dried, dehydrated red fruit. Some very light violet/lilac. Pickles. Mustard? Oaked. Medium body. Medium tannin - smooth palate. Medium- acid.

Dried, dehydrated red fruit. Some very light violet/lilac. Pickles. Mustard? Oaked. Medium body. Medium tannin - smooth palate. Medium- acid.

9.2

Sara Thomas Delectable Pro

Delicious! Red cherry, Ricola herbal notes, some iron. Valtellina rules! Paired beautifully w farro w porcinis and bacon

Delicious! Red cherry, Ricola herbal notes, some iron. Valtellina rules! Paired beautifully w farro w porcinis and bacon

9.0

Steve Graf Delectable Pro

Beautiful mountain wine

Beautiful mountain wine

9.0

Joe Corsini Delectable Pro

Not quite as good as the '01, but still a fantastic wine for the price.

Not quite as good as the '01, but still a fantastic wine for the price.

9.0

frank delzio Delectable Pro

Outstanding balance, bouquet & flavors! Amazing value....

Outstanding balance, bouquet & flavors! Amazing value....

9.3

Paul Mawdsley

Light red, not as much brick hue as expected. Leathery, slight clove. Very leathery but it doesn't take like bad Brett. Dark fruit and plum, blackberry. Cassis. Sawdust? Ethyl acetate. Tannins are light, vanilla flavor. Bit of barnyard. Straw and musty. Thin body. Bramble note. Astringency is light but present. Acidity well balanced.

Light red, not as much brick hue as expected. Leathery, slight clove. Very leathery but it doesn't take like bad Brett. Dark fruit and plum, blackberry. Cassis. Sawdust? Ethyl acetate. Tannins are light, vanilla flavor. Bit of barnyard. Straw and musty. Thin body. Bramble note. Astringency is light but present. Acidity well balanced.

8.3

Anthony Lombardi

A truly unique take on Nebbiolo. Still shows the floral & red berry aromatics, but somewhat lighter bodied than typical Piedmont Neb. More acidic in structure than a tannic beast and showing bright fresh red fruit to spare. Thoroughly enjoyed this on a warm evening.

A truly unique take on Nebbiolo. Still shows the floral & red berry aromatics, but somewhat lighter bodied than typical Piedmont Neb. More acidic in structure than a tannic beast and showing bright fresh red fruit to spare. Thoroughly enjoyed this on a warm evening.

9.2

Will Howard

Smelled like asphalt and crushed flowers, great balance across palate, incredibly clean tannin, some earth but floral, wow!

Smelled like asphalt and crushed flowers, great balance across palate, incredibly clean tannin, some earth but floral, wow!

9.5

David Murphy

Maybe a dud bottle (or drinker) but "thin" rather than "elegant" and "needs food" rather than "food wine". Needed decanting to blow off on opening, and was completely expired after 24 hours. Bit of a disappointment.

Maybe a dud bottle (or drinker) but "thin" rather than "elegant" and "needs food" rather than "food wine". Needed decanting to blow off on opening, and was completely expired after 24 hours. Bit of a disappointment.

8.6

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