2015 NOAH 'Bramaterra'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $34.94 (was: $39.94)*
"Alto Piemonte is going through a Renaissance that is really exciting to watch unfold. ... Best of all, these artisan, hand-made wines remain known to only a handful of cognoscenti and offer tremendous value in today’s world." - Vinous
Barolo and Barbaresco are often viewed as the reigning monarchs of Piedmont's wine making firmament, but truth be told, it hasn’t always been this way. Nebbiolo from the pristine Alpine terroir of Alto Piemonte has an equally illustrious past, and ironically is now enjoying a moment as one of Italy’s trendiest (re)emerging regions. You don’t need to look any further than today’s Bramaterra to understand the extraordinary value Nebbiolo fans can find here, as it combines the variety’s exceptional structure with incredible Alpine terroir for a fraction of the price of Barolo! “Rich and explosive” (Vinous), this Nebbiolo blend is a “wine of tremendous character and breeding” with decades of life ahead, and all for only $34.94!
Even among the handful of Alto Piemonte appellations, Bramaterra is less well known than the likes of Gattinara, Carema, or Ghemme (the entire region is only 28 hectares). Hillside vineyards of red volcanic soil, and the use of local varieties like Croatina and Vespolina gives Bramaterra a unique character, but like Barolo/Barbaresco, this deceptively powerful red has a regal aspect and ethereal complexity that is so rarely found at this price point. 2015 was a beautifully warm and ripe vintage, but the cooler microclimate and Nebbiolo’s natural structure have created an explosive combination in this incredible wine from NOAH. Cheers!
95 points, Vinous: "The 2015 Bramaterra is rich and explosive in the glass. Blood orange, chalk, mint, white pepper and macerated cherry are some of the many aromas and flavors that develop in the glass. There is something incredibly wild and untamed about the 2015 that is so incredibly enticing. In the glass, the 2015 is deep, powerful and built for the long-haul. It is a wine of tremendous character and breeding. 80% Nebbiolo, 10% Croatina, 10% Vespolina, Drinking Window 2023 - 2040" – Antonio Galloni
*Offer publication date January 29, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.