Wines to Seek Out
Sandro Fay has substantial holdings in Valgella — a subzone of uncompromising terrain and ridiculous scenic beauty — as well as a prized plot in Sassella. As Marco Fay told me, however, every wine in their collection is a blend of multiple plots. There can be no “single-vineyard wines” because, as he says, “every terrace produces each Nebbiolo.” These wines are an amalgamation of micro-terroir.
Sandro Fay “Carterìa” Valtellina Superiore Valgella Riserva
A perfectly taunt Valtellina Superiore sourced from 120 different terraces in the Carterìa section of Valgella. The wine’s fruit tones all at once suggest black cherry, blackberries, peaches and blood oranges, as well as hints of leather and petrichor. It is fantastically complex and delicious. One of the benchmark wines from Valtellina.
Sandro Fay “Il Glicine” Valtellina Superiore Sassella
Looking for the perfect first taste of Valtellina Superiore? This is it. The aromas are wild, eager and peppery, yet on the palate, Valtellina's easy grace shines. I adore this region and as a result, I adore this wine, because it nicely encapsulates the region's characteristics in the glass, no more so on the whispering finish, which registers like the scent of a passing rainstorm.
Sandro Fay “Cà Moréi” Valtellina Superiore Valgella
This is Valtellina's most Barolo-like wine, showcasing the grape’s precise yet omnipresent tannins on a muscular frame. For Nebbiolo obsessives more drawn to that end of the grape's spectrum, this is your wine, although I have found both "Il Glicine" and especially "Carterìa" to be more complex and detailed.