Wine Details

La Spinetta Sezzana Riserva Toscana IGT

The Sezzana is a twin of the Sassontino, though not an identical one.  The grape is always 100% Sangiovese from 45-year-old vines, but the the Sezzana vineyard sees heavier, volcanic soils with gravel and larger stones.  (The two vineyard sites, Sezzana and Sassontino, are located only six kilometers apart!)  The Sezzana is a more muscular wine with aromas of red berries, rose, white pepper and minerals whose harmonious acidity grants balance and character to the important structure and fruit at the wine’s core.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Tuscany

Varietal:

95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino

Vineyard:

Sezzana, Casciana Terme, Tuscany south exposure

Yield:

2,000 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aging in medium toasted French oak for 12-14 months

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

40 years

pH level:

3.5

Acidity:

5.8 g/L

Production:

10,000 bottles

Soil:

Rocky, clay soil

Training:

Cordone Speronato

Average altitude:

200 m

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 6-8 days in roto fermenters at controlled temperature, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Middle of September

First vintage:

2001

Cellar:

La Spinetta Casanova, Tuscany

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 3 months before bottling, aging in bottle for 8 years, no filtration or clarifying

Release:

10 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

94

La Spinetta Sezzana Riserva Toscana IGT 2006

Wine Advocate (94)- "The 2006 Sezzana is a twin of the Sassontino, but not an identical one. Although the grape used is the same (100% Sangiovese from 45-year-old vines), this vineyard site sees heavier soils with gravel and bigger stones. The two vineyard sites, Sezzana and Sassontino, are located six kilometers apart. This wine shows more muscle power and perhaps more longevity. It is structured and determined with firm character and a lot of fruit substance and fiber at its core.. "

92

La Spinetta Sezzana Riserva Toscana IGT 2004

James Suckling (92)- "Milk chocolate, berry and coffee character on the nose. Very perfumed. Full body, round tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. This needs another two or three years of bottle age to soften."

90

La Spinetta Sezzana Riserva Toscana IGT 2003

Wine Advocate (90)- "The 2003 Sezzana, (95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino), made from the estate's oldest vineyards, is rich and full-bodied in its expression of dark cherries, smoke, licorice and underbrush. It offers outstanding length, plenty of style and terrific balance considering the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. "