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Made from 100% Nebbiolo (locally known as Chiavennasca) by Alfio Mozzi in Valtellina. Centered on the city of Sondrio, in the northern-most reaches of Italy’s Lombardy region, Valtellina is a deeply carved Alpine valley located on the 46° parallel north. Basically, this is as far north as you can get in Italy before you end up in Switzerland! Wines from this region are more perfumed, the tannins are softer and more finely grained, the alcohol more restrained, and the overall impact more red-fruited and floral than the typical Piedmontese Nebbiolo. Produced only in the best vintage years, the Riserva has a defining character that wakens the palate with a swath of berry and herbaceous flavors, not to mention the presence of tar, tobacco and vanilla.