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.
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.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2006 Valtellina Superiore Le Tense Sassella is simply beautiful in a fresh, vibrant expression of red cherries, flowers and minerals. The wine retains elements of firmness, although it is also quite accessible at this stage. This is a very complete and harmonious Valtellina. Le Tense was aged predominantly in small neutral oak, while a portion of the wine was aged in cask.
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