2016 Boffalora Pietrisco Valtellina Superiore

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2016 Boffalora Pietrisco Valtellina Superiore

The Pietrisco is 100% Nebbiolo (locally called Chiavennasca) coming from the oldest plots. Fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks and aged for 12 months in used big casks. Unfined and unfiltered.
From soils of sand, silt, and stone (much of it hauled up from the valley floor to construct the terraces) and harvested in late October/early November, the Nebbiolo/Chiavennasca for Pietrisco is fermented in stainless steel and macerated on its skins for about two weeks. It is aged in large, used oak casks for 12-15 months and then rested in tank and later bottle for about six months before release. Pietrisco is textbook Valtellina Nebbiolo through and through!

There is a subtlety and delicacy about Giuseppe’s wines that is thoroughly thought-provoking and exciting. Classic, intense aromas of red cherry, roses, leather and tar. There is a thrilling level of acidity and tannin in this offering that provide it with that alpine featheriness that helps us place these Nebbiolo masterpieces squarely in Valtellina. It is persistent with a growing intensity on the finish. This wine will need air in its youth to open and unfold, which also gives it great longevity in the cellar. No risk keeping this around for 15+ years under the right conditions. Great with grilled veal, lamb, mild sausages and mature hard cheeses.

The grower. Forty-something Giuseppe Guglielmo grew up in the vineyards, spending there the whole childhood and his teenager years, but like so many kids of parents and grandparents who made wine, he first plied his trade elsewhere. What happened? Agriculture was in deep crises and people were leaving wine villages in Valtellina heading to Milan and some other industrialized places in Lombardia to make money. Giuseppe spent several years as an auto part mechanic and part-time beekeeper, before he was called back to the vineyards in 2002 taking over his father-in-law’s vineyards.
Giuseppe and his wife took the wine plunge in 2002, originally selling their grapes to others. The first wines under their own label came from the 2009 vintage, and here we are just some years later, with the 1st ever export shipping to New York State.