Proprieta’ Sperino

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


Proprieta’ Sperino NV 'L Franc ******' Cabernet Franc, Vino Rosso (Lessona) Login AG 91 DEC 91 In Stock
Proprieta’ Sperino 2013 'Uvaggio' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC Login WA 93+ AG 92 In Stock
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Proprieta’ Sperino 2012 Lessona DOC Login WA 92 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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Wine Advocate 8/2017
"This property is managed by Luca and his father Paolo De Marchi (of Isole e Olena in Chianti Classico). It sits at a fascinating spot just at the base of the Italian Alps in a place characterized by one of the most dramatic altitude ascents in Italy. Those mighty mountains rise like a veritable wall causing violent exchanges between hot and cold air. In fact, Luca tells me that this is one of the most hail-prone spots in Italy and frequent storms have wiped out many promising vintages in the past. The property's soils have loose grains of yellow sand that impart elegant mineral characteristics to the wines."


  • 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.
  • Sperino 2012 Lessona DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2017)

    The 2012 Lessona is a wine that is heavily shaped by the sandy soils that characterize the appellation. This vintage is a little shy and demure with a slightly undertone or softly spoken manner. The wine is extremely elegant and polished with light touches of wild berry followed by ash, cola and finely etched mineral nuances. There is a touch of rusty metal or aromas of dried blood. The mouthfeel is very long and finely textured.
  • Sperino 2013 'Uvaggio' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (8/31/2017)

    This wine is named Uvaggio in reference to the fact it represents a blend of three grapes: 80% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina and 5% Croatina. Some of the fruit for the 2013 Coste della Sesia Uvaggio is harvested from parcels with sandy soils that give the wine more perfumed characteristics and other fruit is harvested from granite-rich soils that give the wine more structure and fiber. This is a deep and authentic red wine with balanced red fruit aromas that saturate a long and silky mouthfeel. Savory tones of spice and leather give the wine staying power. In all, the 2013 vintage is delicate and nuanced in nature.
  • Sperino 2013 'Uvaggio' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC
    Rating: 92 (6/22/2018)

    The 2013 Uvaggio, a blend of 80% Nebbiolo and 20% Vespolina, is absolutely delicious. Beautifully perfumed and light on its feet, the Uvaggio captures all the pedigree that makes the wines of Lessona so captivating. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint, orange peel and white pepper add brightness throughout. Focused and nervy, with tons of energy, the 2013 Uvaggio is a winner. Moreover, it is a very serious wine for the money.