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Rainoldi - Inferno 2015

Rainoldi is Valtellina's Nebbiolo. The wines of Rainoldi pay homage to their ancestors through their terraced vineyards and by carrying on the local viticultural tradition. A range of wines that glorify and honor the local culture, yet strives to innovate and improve, to diversify and offer a selection of high-quality wines. The winery was founded by Giuseppe Rainoldi in 1925, in the suburb of Casacce, near Chiuro in Valtellina, and was named after Giuseppe's son. Valtellina is a mountainous valley that stretches from East to West in Nothern Italy. It is the second-largest area in the world for of Nebbiolo. Here, the vine variety Nebbiolo—locally called Chiavennasca—offers scented, highly elegant, and ageworthy wines. Inferno comes from the smallest and rockiest subzone of Valtellina Superiore. The name Inferno alludes to the extreme nature of this sub-zone. When the sun hits the steep, terraced rocks in the summer, the angle of the terracing plus the heat absorption of the exposed rocks creates an extremely hot environment that is equated to hell. Each parcel is harvested based on its altitude in order to maintain perfect ripeness, and is vinified separately in a newly-installed, high-tech winemaking cellar. Due to the extreme steepness of each parcel in Valtellina, grapes are hand-harvested and then carried out by helicopter. TA S T I N G N OT E S Delicate, hazelnut, ethereal aroma. Dry, pleasantly tannic, lingering taste. F O O D PA I R I N G Inferno pairs very well with red meat, game and rich cheeses.......From the importer