“Ronco del Picchio” Sforzato DOCG, Sandro Fay (2016)
Grape : Nebbiolo (Chiavennasca).
Ronco del Picchio is a Sforzato, which means "strained". It's thereford made with the APPASSIMENTO method, (similar to an AMARONE) which consost in lying harvested grapes on straw mats to dry for several months. For this wines grapes are dried in small boxes in ventilated room till mid-December. It's then barricated for one year. Intense garnet red, it receives from these treatments a broad and decisive scent of black cherry, morello cherry, confectioned plum, licorice, leather, sweet spices. Warm and soft on the palate, it is robust and exceptionally persistent., similar to Amarone, by laying harvested grapes on straw mats to dry for several months.
Food Pairing : Since Sforzato is a powerful wine it should be paired with equally powerful foods: strong cheese, roasted meats, grilled meats, stews or any rich foods.Roasted Lamb, Grilled Ribeye, Blue Cheeses, Gorgonzola, Fontal Cheese, Truffles and Polenta.