Daniel Veit was my hero last post! Thanks!
I'd also add to his post that Grüner is fairly thick skinned which yields a fair amount of phenolic density and texture to the wines. It's also generally has a high pH considering the white wine spectrum.
This week: Valtellina Superiore DOCG
Where is this? What is the climate like? What do they grow?
This DOCG is located in Lombardy, northern Italy, in the Alps, along the border with Switzerland. There are 5 sub zones for Superiore: Sassella, Valgella, Grumello, Inferno, Maroggia. Cool dry, alpine continental climate. High elevation, steep river valleys, magical place. I would imagine unicorns and fairies live there too, not just in Jura. Any way, Nebbiolo is the grape, however, if you want to act like a local, it’s chiavennasca. A wine made in the apassimento style called sfortzato is also produced. Ar.PePe is my personal favorite.
Couldn't say it any better! High on the list to visit next trip to Italy for sure. My favorite producers are Nino Negri and Balgera, specifically the 5 Stelle Sfursat (aka Sforzato) and the Grumello from each respectively.
Fairly young as far as DOCG history goes; Valtellina Superiore DOCG was granted in 1998 and Sforzato di Valtellina in 2003