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 2009 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.
"Sweet red cherry and perfume come forward, while scents of pine forest dance in the background. Full-fledged with fruit on the mid-palate, but this wine never lacks finesse or structure."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Offers good grip, with a light dustiness to the tannins. A floral overtone accents the dried cherry, plum compote, fresh earth and smoke notes, kept fresh through the lingering finish by well-meshed acidity."
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