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Aldo Rainoldi Nebbiolo Sassella

The landscape of Valtellina reminds me of bit of some quiet corner of Scotland; remote, under-populated, criss-crossed with dry stone walls, mountainous and snowy in winter. The vineyards here are certainly off the beaten track and the climate and landscape are not what I think of as typically Italian. Summers are warm but not hot and winters are very cold: perfect for making fine, cool-climate wine. There’s a large diurnal variation in daily temperature too which helps produce grapes with good acidity as well as stylish fruit. The local grape is Chiavennasca which, outside of the valley and throughout the
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