Proprieta’ Sperino 2018 'Uvaggio' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC
Item Number: 16968
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Coste della Sesia DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 80% Nebbiolo / 15% Vespolina / 5% Croatina
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 5.4 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 950 to 1,370 feet
Uvaggio is the traditional name for a wine made from a blend of different grape varieties. The native varieties used to produce this wine are grown on the old soils in the foothills of the Alps in Northern Piedmont (Alto Piemonte). They combine to produce a balanced, supple and mineral wine.
Vintage Notes: The winter that began this vintage was long but never too bitter: it saw very little snow but lots of heavy rains, which replenished water reserves depleted during the dry weather of 2017. Cold temperatures of around 0°C continued until April and this delayed budburst. Spring and the first part of summer then saw prolonged periods of heavy rains, but fortunately Sperino did not suffer any hail damage this year! At last, at the end of July, temperatures rose and the late summer allowed the grapes to mature fully. Disease pressure created some challenges in the vineyard, but in the end this was one of the most bountiful vintages this area has ever seen. The wines from this vintage will be fresh, floral, full of flavour, and immensely enjoyable. The higher yields from this vintage have produced wines with slightly lighter tannic structure, making this vintage easier to drink and pair with food sooner compared to other recent vintages.
Vineyard Notes: Grapes for Uvaggio are grown in the Ormeggio, Castagnola and Belvedere vineyards in the Lessona DOC and in the 45-year-old Madonna degli Angeli Vineyard in Brusnengo (Bramaterra DOC). 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. Soils in the Madonna degli Angeli Vineyard are composed of pebbles on a base of igneous rock which is close to the surface and veined with china clay.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested and put in small crates. The grapes are sorted while on the conveyor belt, then destemmed, gently pressed, and fed by gravity into the fermentation tank. Fermentation occurs with native yeast in open top wood fermenters. Maceration lasts 3-4 weeks with regular punch down of the cap. The wine ages in barriques, barrels, and oval 15-hectoliter casks for 22 months. It remains in bottle for some time before release.