Sebastiano Sella finds a childhood memory, marked on a wall with family heights dating back to the 1800s.

Sella - Lessona - Alto Piemonte

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Sella’s an old property, long-held by the same family; this is not unusual in Italy, whether your great-great grandpa was a banker – as with the Sella family - or a farmer. But unlike, for example the Tuscan equivalent, where gazillions are plowed into polishing baronial properties, the house that gives onto the vineyards hasn’t been updated at all since the 1870’s, with the exception of a bit of wiring and two bathrooms – both added about 100 years ago. In the photo above, Sebastiano Sella finds his childhood height on a wall of markings dating back to the mid-1800s. The house, and Lessona, is an intensely atmospheric place that, even in newly chic Alto Piemonte, amplified our sense of being somewhere slightly secret – certainly off the beaten path.

Lessona is another Alto Piemonte demoninazione that almost disappeared under the pressures of post-war economics. The Sella family single-handedly kept Lessona alive from 1970 until 2006, when Proprieta Sperino released their first wines. Lessona was, in effect, a Sella monopole for years, so it’s hard to survey, but it seems clear that the zone’s sandy soils can produce wines that are elegant, and more aromatic than those of some neighboring districts. The wine regulations in Lessona currently require a minimum of 75% Nebbiolo, and a max of 25% of the local grapes Bonarda, Croatina, Uva Rara. and Vespolina.  Historically Sella Lessona was close to this, at about 80% Nebbiolo. Piccone (so far as I can determine) is a single vineyard; in recent years it may have some ‘foreign’ grapes in the blend and so not be eligible to be Lessona. There are also a few bottles of Sella’s Bramaterra. Jamie Wolff

I’ve tasted some wonderful bottles of Sella, but I’d like to try more of the wines in a focused setting. So: I’ll bring the wine, you buy the (very good, Neapolitan-style) pizza. We will taste 14 wines: Lessona 1961, 1964, 1967 (and ’67 Bramaterra and Piccone), 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1988, and Piccone 1997 and 1999. Dinner: 7pm, Tuesday June 18, at Keste Pizza, 66 Gold St (10038); all-in $65 per person.

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