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Valtellina Superiore, Dirupi - 2018

  • Provenance: Valteline
  • Appellation: Valtellina Superiore
  • Domain: Dirupi
  • Grape variety(ies): Chiavennasca (nom local du nebbiolo)
  • On-call time: 10 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
The spearhead of this magnificent Valtellina estate, which is becoming the absolute model of its DOCG, this Valtellina Superiore is an ode to the great local granite nebbioli! Very fragrant (red fruits, violets, rose), it is an open wine with great aromatic precision; obvious on the palate, full-bodied in texture, it is suave yet dynamic, luminous, a real treat. Vinous: 89/100; Veronelli: 90/100; Gambero Rosso: 2 Bicchieri
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The vineyards contain, for the most part, historical vines, some of which are centuries old, and are located in the districts of Sondrio, Montagna in Valtellina and Poggiridenti, in the areas of Grumello, Inferno and Valtellina Superiore. They are planted in terraces, facing south, between 400 and 650 metres above sea level, on slopes varying from 30% to 70%! The terroir is made up of the remains of a moraine with a soil dominated by acid granite sands.


The grapes are harvested by hand in small 8 kg crates. The grapes are gently de-stemmed. Fermentation in stainless steel vats with a maceration of 15 to 35 days. Aged in 20-30 hl French oak tuns from the Allier region for 18 months, with a small part in barrels. Separate origins and blending only at the end of the process. Once bottled, the wine is kept for another 6 months before being sold.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Roast duckling with figs and chestnuts - Roast Bresse chicken - Rack of veal with chanterelles.


Fascinated by the history and the terrifying slopes of the local vineyard, friends Davide Fasolini and Pierpaolo Di Franco fell in love with the Valtellina vineyard in the early 2000s. Aware of its fragility and the decline that threatened it, they decided to invest in the cause by creating their own estate. So, after studying oenology in Milan, they rented a few hectares of vineyards and set off. They settled in Ponte in Valtellina, near the town of Sondrio, in 2003. 2004 was their first vintage. Nearly fifteen years later, they can claim to be stylistic "revolutionaries" with an approach that has since blossomed and inspired many others. First of all, the two friends carry out a precise division that considers and treats each parcel (there are 18 of them!) as a separate entity. The vines are grown on historic terraces facing south, at altitudes varying from 400 to 600 metres. More than the exposure and the soils, they believe that they sign the personality of each wine: the aromatic and spontaneous Rosso di Valtellina Olé is produced on the "lowest" terroirs (425-450 m); the flagship of the estate, the Valtellina Superiore, is produced on vines ranging from the lowest to the almost highest (400-550 m): It is an elegant but profound wine, perfectly representative of its DOCG; the sublime Riserva Dossi Salati is produced only in great vintages, on parcels ranging from 530 to...


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