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.
The 2008 Le Tense shows the elegant, feminine style of Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo). A bright, medium ruby color is followed by a nose of bright fruit, earth and exotic spice. The wine is medium bodied on the palate with layers of fruit, and a firm, dry finish.
Score: 90 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
"Ripe and juicy with edgy fruit and a hint of oak; smoky, earthy and bright with firm structure; long and balanced."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Though elegant and finely balanced, there's a pleasant plump ripeness to the flavors of black cherry, black currant and grilled plum, all enlivened by a fresh tang of acidity. Supple tannins and a fragrant ground spice note show on the finish. Drink now through 2019"
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2008 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Le Tense is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with sweet red cherries, mint, flowers and licorice. There is so much to admire, from the wines striking inner perfume and fabulous length to its fine overall balance. This is a great showing. Le Tense is 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) aged in a combination of French oak barrels and larger casks"
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