A second-generation winemaker, Gianluigi Lano took over his father’s vines in the early 90s, and now produces beautiful expressions of the indigenous grapes of the region. This barbera and freisa blend is bursting with red fruit, while grounded by deep greens and earthiness on the palate.
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.
Located just outside of Monforte d’Alba, the Benevelli family has some pretty serious holdings in Piedmont. The Monforte Barolos are characterized by their bold structure as well as dark and rich flavors. This bottle comes from the celebrated Coste vineyard and is perfect for a truffled risotto.
The 2016 vintage in Barolo was legendary. The year produced a crop of powerful, complex, and long-lived wines, and it marked Benevelli’s first release from Mosconi—one of the most prestigious vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba. Tuck into this piece of history tonight or wait a decade or two.
Since the mid 1800s the Brovia family has been synonymous with classically styled Barolo. There vineyard sites are some of the most revered in both their home village of Castiglione Falletto but also in the neighboring Serralunga d’Alba. This Barolo is a clear capture of the Brovia style.
Giulia Negri is someone you should be familiarizing your self with in Barolo. She has been carving out her identity as a one of the strongest wine makers in Barolo and is just starting out. This Barolo delivers powerful fruit and has all the beautiful aromatics to back it up.
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.