Proprieta Sperino Lessona 2016
Region: Lessona, Piemonte, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Deep ruby in colour with a beautiful nose typical of the area, this wine showcases aromas of red cherries, dried rose petals, rosemary and pine needles. On the palate, the wine has fresh acidity, silky tannins and succulent red and black fruit flavours. The finish is long with a touch of minerality.
Grapes for this wine are grown in the Ormeggio, Castagnola and Belvedere vineyards in Lessona in the Orolungo region. Altitudes range from 290-350 metres above sea level. Soils in Lessona are unique: they originated from a super-volcano explosion 280 million years ago, and were then covered by the sea before resurfacing with the birth of the Alps. This left marine sands from the Pliocene period (known as “Ori di Lessona”) on an igneous rock subsoil, mixed with more recent glacial sediment. The soil is rich in minerals and trace elements including iron, manganese, aluminium and zinc. The high acidity (pH 4.5-5.5) of the soil makes minerals more available to the vines.
This splendid 10 hectare hillside estate is situated in the small town of Lessona, near Biella in northern Piemonte. It passed into the De Marchi family (of top Chianti Classico estate, Isole e Olena) through their relative, Felice Sperino, a passionate viticulturist and professor in Turin.