Proprieta’ Sperino

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Biella, Alto Piemonte
People: Paolo & Luca De Marchi, Owners & Winemakers


Proprieta’ Sperino 2016 'Rosa del Rosa' Rosato, Piedmont DOC Login In Stock
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Proprieta’ Sperino was established in the 19th century by Casimiro Sperino, an ophthalmologist and military doctor with a passion for winemaking. His son, Felice, took up the reins and contributed considerable research to the battle against phylloxera. The estate passed to the De Marchi family, who all but abandoned it until 1999, when Paolo De Marchi and his son Luca revived the castle and cellars.

The property is situated in the Castello quarter of the village Lessona (Biella) at the foothills of the Northern Piedmont Alps. The majority of its vines are grown at the foot of Monte Rosa, with the rest in neighboring districts. Its yellow and marine sands have been protected by the Alps, and the soil maintains some of the highest levels of acidity in the world. This fact, coupled with its dry climate, cool breezes, and long growing season, make for extremely complex grapes with the potential for long-lived wines.

The Nebbiolo grape reigns supreme in this woodsy district. It’s grown without herbicides or chemical fertilizers; rather, they house millions of California red earthworms to turn manure into nutrient-rich humus. The grapes are hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and fermented in broad, open, wooden casks. The result is wine that uniquely expresses the nobility of the Nebbiolo grape, for which Piedmont is famed.

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  • Sperino 2006 Lessona DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/1/2015)

    The Lessona is beautiful in 2006. Crushed flowers, red berries, tobacco, mint and wild herbs all come together effortlessly in this gracious, mid-weight wine. The estate's 2006 Lessona reveals gorgeous inner sweetnes and notable purity. The Lessona is a predominantly Nebbiolo with 5% Vespolina.
  • Sperino NV 'L Franc ******' Cabernet Franc, Vino Rosso (Lessona)
    Rating: 91 (7/1/2015)

    The NV (2009) L'Franc, 100% Cabernet Franc, is a new wine from Sperino. Over the years, Paolo De Marchi has proved he has the magic touch pretty much with every grape. You can add Cabernet Franc to the list. Here in its debut vintage, the L'Franc possesses remarkable varietal definition and finesse from start to finish. Violets, lavender, plums and mocha add further shades of nuance as it opens up. Amazingly, this fruit was not harvested until late October and into early November. Superb Cabernet Franc in Lessona? Yes, at Proprietà Sperino, it is possible.
  • Sperino NV 'L Franc ******' Cabernet Franc, Vino Rosso (Lessona)
    Rating: 91 (12/1/2015)

    Voted one of Ian D'Agata's Top 6 Cabernet Franc's from Italy. Made from only 0.4ha of vines in Lessona on sandy gravelly soils that are better known for outstanding Nebbiolo. 50% new wood and lots of perfume and power. Drink 2017-2030.