'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2015

Nino Negri


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.

Additional Information

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.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Valtellina Superiore DOCG
  • Winemaker: Casimiro Maule
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Vineyard Acreage: 20 acres
  • Alcohol: >14%
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
    "The 2015 Valtellina Superiore Le Tense Sassella is racy and expansive on the palate. Hints of sweet tobacco, mint, licorice and macerated cherries all develop in the glass. The aromatics are so striking, but the 2015 will clearly benefit from a bit more time in bottle, which it needs to come together."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
    "Expressive flavors of dried strawberry and fig fruit, hints of marjoram and rose petal, and a pure note of loamy mineral are deftly knit to fine-grained tannins in this rich red, set in a fresh and elegant, medium-bodied frame. Drink now through 2028."

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