Storage

Up to
7 - 10 years in the bottle, lying in cool, dark cellars at a constant temperature.

Serving indication

This wine goes particularly well with
meat, both red and white. It is also well-suited to flavourful first courses (such as polenta) and medium-aged cheeses.

Serving temperature: 17°-18°C when young.

Colour: ruby red, taking on a hint of orange with ageing.

Bouquet: ethereal, variegated, with persistent notes recalling dried hazelnut and, less noticeably, withered rose.

Taste: it starts with a light, pleasant and well harmonized tannic flavour. It is a refined, full-bodied wine, expressing a good variety of sensations: a mix of toasted and candied spices.

Alcohol: 12,3 - 12,7% Vol.
Total acidity: 5,20 - 5,80 g/l
pH:

3,40 - 3,60

Dry extract:

26 - 29 g/l

Serving temperature:

17°-18°C

 After being separated from the stalks, the grapes are pressed and the must passes, together with the skins, to the fermentation phases.

Alcoholic fermentation occurs through the maceration of the marc, which is constantly soaked in the must.

The maceration lasts about 15 - 20 days, at a controlled temperature of 28 - 30°C, which ensures the best results in aroma and structure.

Several decantings follow, to obtain maximum limpidity. The wine is then aged for two years in oaken casks, and finally bottled, where it remains another six months to complete its maturation.
Municipality of Castione Andevenno and the west part of Sondrio area.
 
The vineyards where Sassella is produced lack arable land, so the plants must sink their roots deep into the living rock that supports the terraces.
Grape

Sassella is composed of 95% Nebbiolo grapes (Chiavennasca variety), with a small percentage of other local Valtellina grapes such as Pignola, Rossola and Brugnola.
The terraced vineyards extending to the west of Sondrio, all the way to the town of Castione Andevenno, cling to the rock along the steep slopes.

Here the
Nebbiolo grapes which are the origin of Sassella wine sink their roots directly into the rock. In fact, the name Sassella (from sasso: stone) means a land whose scarce soil is studded with stones.

The red wine obtained from these vineyards is classified as D.O.C.G. (controlled and guaranteed origin). It boasts a pleasant and well-harmonized initial tannic taste, followed by a wide variety of sensations: a mix of berries, spices, nuts and candied fruit.

Thanks to the nobility of its grapes, this wine is able to grow further for 8-12 years in bottle.