Along with Gattinara and Ghemme, Bramaterra is arguably Alto Piemonte’s most lauded wine. At the NOAH estate, the blend is 80% Nebbiolo, 10% Croatina, 5% Vespolina, and 5% Uva Rara. This is hyper-regional wine with an exceptionally unique character unseen outside of Alto-Piemonte. Especially suited for lovers of all things Nebbiolo.
As Barolo and Barbaresco took center stage in the 20th century, the tiny, traditional region of Alto Piedmont slipped from it’s once prominent place in Italian wine. But this Nebbiolo is a love letter to Alto Piedmont. It’s aged in traditional botti (enormous old barrels) made entirely from Nebbiolo (which many winemakers of the area prefer to blend) and bears the variety’s local name, Spanna.
This field blend of indigenous varieties Nebbiolo, Bonarda, Vespolina, Barbera, and Uva Rara comes from vines trained in the Maggiorina system. It’s a method of training vines that is traditional to the region, but has fallen out of favor as it requires hand-harvesting. It’s a testament to the Conti sisters’ commitment to careful and meticulous viniculture.
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