'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2005

Nino Negri

The name “Le Tense” originated during the domination of the Swiss Three Grey Legions from 1512-1797. The best vineyards were “tense”; protected by the guardians of the vines, the “arbostrari.”

Terroir: The Nino Negri Le Tense is sourced from 20 acres of vineyards from the top crus of the Sassella subzones of Minè, Longini and Chiesa Sassella which are home to some of Valtellina's oldest vineyards. Situated at elevations above 1200 feet these steep, terraced vineyards are made up of shallow, stony soils. Vines are very densely planted and yields are kept to a minimum.

Vinification: The ripe grapes are sorted and macerated for 4 days in temperature controlled tanks. Following fermentation the wine is aged for 18-20 months in a combination of large and small french oak casks. 70,000 bottles produced.

Additional Information

With a bright ruby color, the wine has complex aromas of raspberry jam, wild roses and ripe black cherries. In the mouth, the wine shows a full, soft, structured flavors, elegant and balanced with prune and spice notes.

Recent Press

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling
    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Offers slightly raisiny fruit, with hints of sous-bois and cedar. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins that firm up on the finish.

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    The 2005 Valtellina Superiore Sassella La Tense is 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) that was aged in a combination of French oak barrels and larger casks. This is a fairly bold, forward wine from Valtellina, particularly in its dense, dark fruit. Spices, earthiness and herbs also make an appearance, adding further complexity. The wine offers excellent persistence on the palate, although the tannins could use a little more polish.

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