Proprieta’ Sperino 2012 Lessona DOC
Item Number: 10319
Sub Region: Piedmont
Appellation/AVA: Lessona DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Soil Type: Marine sands
Elevation: 950 feet - 1,148 feet
Vineyard Notes: The grapes come from the Ormeggio and Castagnola vineyards in Lessona in the Orolungo region and the Covà vineyard in Castello. In the Lessona vineyards, soils comprise marine sands from the pliocene period on igneous rock, mixed with more recent glacial sediment. The soil is acid rich in minerals and trace elements including iron, manganese, aluminum and zinc.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are hand picked into small boxes. Vespolina is picked in the last week of September and Nebbiolo is harvested in the second week of October. The grapes are sorted while on the conveyor belt, then destemmed and gently pressed then fed by gravity into the fermentation tank. Fermentation with natural yeasts in open topped wooden fermenters. Maceration lasts 3-4 weeks with regular punching down of the cap. The wine ages in barrique, barrels and oval 15 hectoliters casks for 30+ months. It remains in bottle for some time before release.
About Piedmont: Piedmont is one of the most important winemaking regions in Italy, boasting heavy hitter reds like Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, and Barbera among its output. Set at the base of the alps, the characteristic regional fog (nebbia) has given character, as well as its name, to Nebbiolo, a fickle, thin-skinned grape that makes Piedmont’s noblest wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. The Barbera grape makes everyday red wines in the provinces of Alba, Asti, and Alessandria, and the quality can be quite good when yields are kept low and it’s given good sun exposure and planting sites (which are often reserved for Nebbiolo). The Dolcetto grape is fruity, red, and generally drunk young. As for whites, there are a few, though they’re not as world-renowned as the reds. Moscato d’Asti is a popular semi-sweet sparkler, and whites from Cortese, Arneis, and Erbaluce can be quite expressive and refreshing. Truffles and mushrooms grow wild in Piedmont’s forest, and make for excellent pairings with the region’s wines.
94+ pts, Vinous, 2010 Vintage, Jul. 2015
"A total knockout, the 2010 Lessona is laced with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint, anise and new leather, all supported by fine, silky tannins that convey an impression of weightless elegance. The flavors are bright, precise and very nicely sculpted in this mid-weight Lessona from Sperino, yet there is plenty of depth in the fruit to balance out the tannins. The 2010 is already quite pretty and should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years, if not longer. The 2010 is 100% Nebbiolo that spent 3 years in a combination of 5 and 15HL casks. Readers seeking to understand how magical Nebbiolo can be in the northern reaches of Piedmont should start here; this is a fabulous showing from Sperino."