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Kerin O’Keefe

Wines from Valtellina Superiore

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Nera 2007 Inferno Riserva Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

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  1. $36

Aromas of ripe black berry, Alpine herbs, graphite, smoke and a leather note mingle in the glass. The round, savory palate delivers layers of wild cherry, raspberry, cinnamon-spice, mint and mineral alongside polished tannins. It’s already accessible, but will hold for another five years at least. Drink through 2020.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Rainoldi 2009 Sassella Riserva Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

  1. $33

Aromas of crushed violet, dried rose petal, underbrush, ripe berry and a balsamic note lead the nose on this classically crafted Nebbiolo. The firm palate delivers dried black cherries, raspberries, licorice, clove, mint and tobacco alongside assertive but polished tannins and bright acidity. It’s still young so let this fully develop. Drink 2019–2029.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
91
points

Caven 2008 Inferno Al Carmine Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

  1. $29

A Nebbiolo from the steep vineyards of Valtellina, this opens with aromas of crushed violets, perfumed berry, flint and a whiff of Alpine herbs. The bright palate delivers crushed sour cherries, juicy raspberries, grilled sage, tobacco and a hint of vanilla alongside racy acidity and polished tannins. Enjoy through 2020.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
90
points

Nera 2010 Inferno Efesto Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

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Perfumed berry, violet and Alpine herb aromas come together in the glass. The elegant, structured palate offers wild cherries, crushed strawberries, grilled sage and anise alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It’s bright, balanced and silky smooth. Drink through 2017.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
90
points

Nino Negri 2009 Vigneto Fracia Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

  1. $43

Made entirely with Nebbiolo grown in the mountain vineyards of northeastern Italy, this opens with enticing aromas of wild rose, bright berry and Alpine herbs. The polished, structured palate delivers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, exotic spice, vanilla bean and toasted oak. Firm, silky tannins provide structure. Drink through 2024.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
90
points

Plozza 2009 Rededition Sassella Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

Packaged in a towering bottle with an easy-to-spot red label, this opens with aromas of ripe dark berry, savory herb, leather and tobacco. The palate delivers ripe black cherries, raspberries, licorice and grilled rosemary alongside firm, polished tannins. Enjoy through 2018.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
90
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Rainoldi 2009 Grumello Riserva Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

  1. $48

Aromas of black cherry marinated in spirits, violet, vanilla, mint and toasted notes lead the nose of this full-bodied red. The concentrated palate offers steeped cherries, licorice, sage, espresso, oak and mocha alongside polished tannins.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
90
points

Caven 2008 Sassella La Priora Nebbiolo (Valtellina Superiore)

  1. $32

Aromas of Alpine herbs, wildflowers, smoke and a whiff of cake spice lead the nose on this luminous red. The radiant palate offers crunchy wild cherries, mocha, espresso and thyme alongside assertive but refined tannins and vibrant acidity.

 — K.O.  (8/1/2015)
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