Nino Negri Quadrio nebbiolo is sourced from the finest estate vineyards within the Valtellina Superiore DOCG. These south facing hillside vineyards sit at elevations above 1,100 feet and consist of soils of gravel, loose sand and silt. Quadrio is named for the 15th century Castello Quadrio di Chiuro that houses the Nino Negri cellars. Grapes are allowed to hang until ultra-ripe and are finally harvested in early to mid-October. The wine is traditionally vinified seeing 10 days of maceration on the skins followed by a cold fermentation in stainless steel. The wine is matured for 18 months in large French and Slavonian oak vats prior to bottling.
The Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore Quadrio is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Merlot and represents a selection of some of the estate's best fruit. The cultivation method is the Guyot with sandy-lime soils located at 350-500 meters above the sea level at the feet of the Retiche Alpes between Berbenno and Teglio on the right side of the Adda river. The profit is 60 quintals per hectare. The grape harvest takes place in October and there is a maceration on the peels for 12 days. The maturation takes place in steel at 25-28°C with several pumping overs. The maturation takes place for 20 months in Slavonia oak barrels of 80 hectoliters and in French barrels of 50 hl in the Quadrio’s Castel cellars.
With a dark garnet-red color, the wine shows distinctive, fine aromas of small fruits, raspberry preserves, roses and violets, with an herbal note. In the mouth, the wine has full, lively tart fruit flavors, elegant tannins and a lingering aftertaste, with traces of prunes and toasty oak. It is perfect with roasted red meats and aged cheeses.
Production: 50,000 bottles per year.