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.
"... a great example of springtime juice. This is 100 percent Nebbiolo and shows typical red and black raspberries at first. The nose then shifts to cedar and cinnamon sugar, and the palate is black cherry, cardamom and allspice, with a black currant finish thats high-toned but not overly acidic."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2007 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Le Tense is 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) aged predominantly in French oak. It is a totally beautiful, engaging wine with a gorgeous core of dark red fruit and fabulous overall balance. Floral notes meld into suggestions of crushed rocks on the cool, refreshing finish. This could use another few years in the cellar, as the fruit remains decidedly vibrant. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022."
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