Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: Eucalyptus, rose, wild red-berry and alpine-herb aromas mingle together in the glass. On the austere, linear palate, firm acidity and fine-grained tannins accompany sour cherry, orange zest and star anise. Drink 2021–2030
95 Points Vinous: The Bramaterra is dark, rich and enveloping, with more body than these wines tend to show, a result of a warm growing season. Today, the aromatics are a bit muted, but that should not be a huge issue in a few years' time. It is not quite as alluring it was from barrel last year, but I expect it will show that quality once again with a bit more time in the bottle. It's a gorgeous wine in the making.
The Domain: Since his first trip to Piedmont in 1986, his appreciation for the region, its wines and winemakers is as strong as ever. In 2002, these circumstances cumulated in the creation of Le Pianelle in Alto Piemonte. The opportunity and challenge of rejuvenating a long-forgotten vineyard and producing world-class Nebbiolo simply had to be made a reality. And with the help of people like Paolo de Marchi and Peter Dipoli, one could dare.
Peter Dipoli is a partner and co-founder of Le Pianelle. He has made a name for himself as a winemaker, merchant and author in his native South Tyrol and beyond. He has accompanied Le Pianelle with his in-depth knowledge and expertise from the very start. Energetic and critical in nature, Peter remains a source of inspiration in every step we take.
Andrea is looking back at more than 15 years experience at some of the most renown wineries in Gattinara, before joining Le Pianelle in 2010. Andreas workplace is out in the vineyards tending to the vines and maintaining the estate in pristine condition. We are convinced that only through Andrea’s efforts, can we guarantee the exceptional quality of our grapes and vines.
Cristiano Garella is the enologist of Le Pianelle. He has learned his trade, like Andrea, in Alto Piemonte. Cristiano has shown his ability to create distinct Nebbiolos typical to the region from the very start of his career. But Cristiano is more than an enologist, rather an ambassador for Alto Piemonte as a whole. Constantly on the move to promote the region and its corresponding wines. He does so with true passion and deepest conviction.
Fabio is the latest member of team Le Pianelle and has been with us since 2015. Starting out in the vineyards during harvest season, he has quickly made himself useful in many places. Fabio has since become fulltime fixture at Le Pianelle, working alongside Andrea in the vineyards and assisting Cristiano in the cellar.