2009 Proprieta Sperino Lessona
Sperino's 2009 Lessona is drop-dead gorgeous. Sweet red berries, tobacco, menthol and licorice all flesh out in a juicy, soft Nebbiolo with no hard edges and plenty of supple, deeply expressive fruit. This is an unusually resonant, generous young Lessona built on balance and symmetry. I expect the 2009 will be even better in another few years, but it is already a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. (AG)
Aromas of dark berry, menthol, crushed violet, mint and pipe tobacco open this elegant expression of Nebbiolo. The palate offers black cherry, ripe raspberry, orange peel, cinnamon, mineral and herb alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. It closes on a mint note. (KO)
This is a side project from Paolo de Marchi, the founder of Isole e Olena, which helped lead the charge in reestablishing Chianti Classico as the great winegrowing region that it is. He always dreamed of restoring the winegrowing tradition of Lessona, and in 1999 he and his son Luca did just that, taking the reins and restoring this historic family estate in the northern Piemontese village of Lessona.