2011 Proprietà Sperino Lessona SKU #1285953

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K&L Notes

Praise for the producer's 2011 vintage from Antonio Galloni: "This is another superb set of new releases from father and son team Paolo and Luca De Marchi at Proprietà Sperino. With each passing year, the wines keep getting better and better. In particular, the flagship Lessona shows just how expressive Nebbiolo can be in these tiny appellations in the north of Piedmont." (7/2015)

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    Hailing from upper Piemonte near the Swiss border, the Sperino Lessona is filled with dense crushed cherry, bold baking spice and savory tobacco on the nose. The small addition of Vespolina helps build those bold aromatics. The wine is fermented with natural yeast and is kept on it's skins for just under three weeks giving it structure and depth. Some lees aging before bottling adds to the full-bodied texture of the wine. It is held to age in bottle for a few years before release to allow the structure of the wine to integrate. When I first opened the bottle the tannins were filled with baking spice and had almost a granulated texture, but when I tasted it a few hours later, the structure was focused and elongated. It is a beautiful wine filled with complex fruit and spice character that is completely delicious now, but could continue to age for the next 5+ years.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The wines of Lessona normally express a more elegant and aromatic side of Nebbiolo yet possess the ability to age for decades in the best of vintages. 2011 was a departure from the norm as vegetation occurred far earlier than anticipated and the temperatures were unseasonably warm during the summer months. As a result, the Sperino Lessona is ripe and rich with slightly lower acidity than usual making it a bit atypical as it's approachable now. The fruit is flavor-packed and mouth-filling with nicely placed French oak that rounds it out. Although it's delicious now it will definitely cellar well.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Lessona could be the Priorat of Italy. What does that mean? It was a historically significant region for Nebbiolo with dramatic isolated alpine terraced vineyards. It was almost lost to the pages of history after suffering Phylloxera, WW2, industrialization and urbanization. It was too expensive and difficult to maintain these great sites and they were all but abandoned. But not completely, thankfully. In the last decade we have been seeing more and more very good to great wines coming from this appellation. Sounds kind of like Priorat, right? And like Priorat these wines can challenge the great wines that are being produced elsewhere in Italy. I would gladly insert this wine in a tasting of Barolo and Barbaresco, and it would put quite a few of them to shame. This is a wine of complexity and structure. Notes of macerated red and dark fruits, with spice and balsam notes and floral element too. Fresh acidity and dusty earthy tannins drive this wine through its long finish. This is a compelling wine now but has tremendous cellaring potential.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    At its base, easily recognizable Nebbiolo traits like silky, savory dark fruit and grippy tannins are at the helm. The Vespolina blended in quickly makes itself known, however, adding expressive red-fruited acidity and minty herbal notes that make the Lessuna an immediate pleasure to enjoy and contemplate.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This beauty comes from Lessona in Alto Piemonte, a region once famous for producing some of the highest quality Nebbiolos in Italy, before being decimated by phylloxera. Now that the region has been repopulated and is flourishing, the Di Marchi family of Sperino has returned to their estate to continue the legacy. The 2011 Sperino Lessona is crafted from all family owned estate fruit, Nebbiolo and Vespolina. A light bodied and aromatic wine, with aromas of tar and dried rose petals, the Sperino Lessona shows tremendous potential for extended aging and development. This wine has a bright acidity in an intriguing contrast to the condensed earthy fruit. Chocolate covered cherry and crushed herbs round out the palate.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep red with ruby tones. Aromas of marzipan, brown spices, dried rose, leather and truffle. Suave and sweet, with a liqueur-like ripeness to the flavors of red fruits, marzipan and brown spices. Nicely integrated acidity accentuates the wine's inner-mouth perfume and contributes to an impression of firm structure.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is so incredibly sensual; it is the proverbial siren’s song. Waves of savory complexity, laurel, cardamom, salted plum, middle-eastern spices fill your nose. On the palate you can tell this is Nebbiolo, there’s no doubting the lacy tannic structure that defines the wine’s size, but the tannins are sweet, long and give the wine length without losing its supple smoothness. The flavors on your palate are once again more savory, dried herbs, salted plum, fresh leather and dried cherries. The finish is long, persistent and reaches every corner of your palate leaving a layer of spice, intrigue and memory. This is a wine that is drinkable now…yet will last another 30 years; the wines from Alto Piemonte are incredibly long-lived and a century ago were Italy’s most famous, wars, economics, history changed the face of this zone that has only resurfaced in the past few decades as once again some of Italy’s greatest red wines. The winery is owned by the de Marchi family, the owners of Isole e Olena the famed Chianti producers, this is their original family estate.
    Drink from 2017 to 2045
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautiful expression of how complex and elegant Nebbiolo can become when left to mellow and age for a few years. This wine is showing softness and rich fruits, with still just a hint of drying tannin in the front, as is expected from Nebbiolo from this region. It is drinking beautifully right now, but will certainly continue to soften and smooth out even more in the coming years. This is a delicious wine and, with it's subtle earthiness, would make a great food wine for many different dishes.


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