Proprieta’ Sperino 2014 Lessona DOC
Item Number: 13572
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Lessona DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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.
92 pts, The Wine Advocate, 2012 Vintage, Aug. 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."