Lessona is comprised of 100% Nebbiolo, sourced from what Luca De Marchi says would be the two Grand Cru vineyards in the region (if a classification ever occurs), Covà and Monfalcone. After rigorous selection of fruit, the grapes were de-stemmed and pressed softly to favor the aromatic profile of perfectly ripe Nebbiolo in this excellent vintage. The wine is matured for thirty-two months in barrels of various sizes, and then aged in bottle for another year in the cellar.
In the glass, the wine has a saturated, deep ruby red color that gradually warms to red mahogany at the edge. Sweet amarena cherries, dried rose petals, rosemary and pine needles emerge on the nose, seasoned with a faint suggestion of sweet herbs, baking spices and wild mint as the wine spends time in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is powerful, but with a silken finesse, with a core of succulent red and black fruit flavors that echo the nose, all of which is seasoned by a persistent mineral acidity that carries the flavors through a seemingly endless finish.
About this wine producer: Paolo De Marchi, famous for his Isole e Olena estate in Chianti Classico, always dreamed of reviving wine production at his family’s Proprietà Sperino estate in the Lessona region of Piemonte. In 1999, Paolo realized this dream and began to restore the vineyards and winery of the estate with his son, Luca. Their first vintage was released in 2006, and today, Luca continues to run the estate, with a focus on producing high quality wines that respect the historic traditions of the Lessona region. Breezes blowing down from the Monte Rosa help to maintain a cool, dry climate in the 8 hectares (20 acres) of vineyards that are mainly located in the historic district of Orolungo. In Italian the word “oro” means gold, which characterizes the deep yellow marine sand on the sun drenched sub-alpine plateau of Orolungo.