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Proprieta Sperino, Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Rosso 2017
65% Nebbiolo, 25% Vespolina, 10% Croatina
Coste Della Sesia
Luca De Marchi
Vibrant ruby red in the glass, this wine has a very floral nose. The lifted palate is packed with attractive red fruit and has great texture thanks to the supple, approachable tannins and good acidity. More savoury and mineral notes come through on the long finish.
Uvaggio' means grape variety in Italian and this celebrates the varieties of Lessona. Nebbiolo's characteristic tannins and acidity are tempered and complemented by the indigenous Vespolina and Croatina grapes.
On arrival at the winery, the hand-harvested fruit was sorted while on the conveyor belt, then destemmed, gently pressed and gravity-fed into the fermentation tank. Fermentation took place in small, open-topped oak casks with wild yeasts. Maceration lasted 25 days with regular punching down of the cap. The wine was aged in a mixture of new and old barriques (225 litre), puncheons (500 litres) and 15 hectolitre casks for 23 months, the first eight of which were on the lees. The wine was bottled in September 2019.
This splendid 7.7 hectare hillside estate is situated in the small town of Lessona, near Biella in northern Piemonte. Paolo De Marchi, owner of top Chianti Classico estate Isole e Olena, inherited Proprietà Sperino from his grandfather, Felice Sperino, a passionate viticulturist and professor in Turin. Since the 1970s, Paolo has dreamed of revitalising the Sperino estate, a dream that has come to fruition with the help of his elder son, Luca, who now runs the estate and makes the wines with Paolo's guidance.