Dirupi “Ole” Rosso di Valtellina 2017
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Lovers of Nebbiolo-based wines like Barolo and Barbaresco might find the wines of Valtellina a bit surprising. The region’s location in northern Lombardy on the Italian/Swiss border produces a different style wine from this normally tannic grape. Higher altitude (approximately 2,220 feet), cooler climate and distinctive soil types (Sandstone and silt in the case of the Olé) deposited by glaciers over the years produce a less tannic, high-toned version of Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca in the Valtellinese dialect). The young duo of Davide Fasolini and Pierpaolo Di Franco—owners and winemakers of this dynamic winery with its 18 tiny mountain parcels farm organically, working diligently in the vineyards and the winery. The name Olé tips their hand with regards to intent. This is their fun wine—intentionally quaffable with lovely red fruit, earthy mushroom flavors and silky delicate tannins—perfect to pair with prosciutto, pasta, or light meat dishes.