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Pizzo Coca 'Inferno' Valtellina Superiore

Hand harvested off the old Sedume and very old Funtanele vineyards. De-stemmed and a natural fermentation in stainless steel. Long maceration of about 34 days for harmonization. Maturation for about 12 months in neutral barrels (225-500L) that we not toasted, from French and Slovenian oak. Bottled without fining or filtration and very low levels of SO2. 6 months aging in bottle prior to release.

The young, dynamic Lorenzo Mazzucconi started Pizzo Coca in 2015. He owns 1.7 hectares of organically farmed vineyards at 400-550m, and which include sites in Grumello and Inferno. Viticulture in this small region is deemed 'heroic' with dangerously steep, narrow terraces that are totally non-mechanical. Lorenzo has a partner, Alessandro Aldisquarcina, and both are also busy establishing a self-sustaining farm. They farm produce, raises chicken, donkey and sheep and tend to 100 bee hives. Lorenzo aims to be self-sufficient. Named after the highest peak of the Orobie Alps, the winery is based in a former dairy co-op in the middle of the town of Ponte di Valtellina. Lorenzo produces wine in a natural way that respects tradition.

Winemaker: Lorenzo Mazzucconi
Country: Italy
Region: Lombardy, Valtellina
Type: Red
Variety: Nebbiolo
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted around 1970-1990
Production: 2000 bottles
Soil: ‘Megaschisti’ with a high acid content and sand