Le Pianelle 2012 Bramaterra DOC

Le Pianelle 2012 Bramaterra DOC

Item Number: 10380

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub Region: Alto Piemonte
Appellation/AVA: Bramaterra DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 80% Nebbiolo / 10% Vespolina / 10% Croatina
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Total Acidity: 5.75 g/L
pH: 3.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 270-380 meters asl
Case Production: 302

Winemaking Notes: Fermentation occurred naturally in 27-hectoliter oak tanks. The Nebbiolo macerated on the skins for 36 days, the Vespolina 32 days and the Croatina 24 days. Malolactic fermentation happened in the spring. The wine aged in the oak tanks for 20 months. Sulfite additions were low.

2012 Vintage Notes: 2012 saw an early bud-break, followed by fairly slow vegetative growth caused by a decrease in temperature, to as low as 32°F. During the flowering, temperatures were low and there was a lot of rainfall, causing a considerable reduction in the number of bunches, particularly for the Croatina variety. During June and July, the temperatures were very high, as in 2011, and a concern was that 2012 would be a rich, fruity and less elegant vintage. Unfortunately, as almost always happens in northern Piedmont, this period of vegetative growth coincided with a number of hailstorms (at least 4 in Lessona and 3 in Bramaterra). Cristiano chose to harvest early to preserve aromas and freshness, and to keep the alcohol level moderate.

Vineyard Notes: The grapes were sourced from two vineyards: Brusnengo (an old cru of 1.4 hectares) and Le Pianelle (around 2 Hectares). The soil is volcanic with a pH of 4.6.

94+pts (2013 Vintage) Vinous 6/22/2018
"Le Pianelle's 2013 Bramaterra is outrageously beautiful. Dramatic and ample on the palate, the 2013 is endowed with tons of character. The macerated dark cherry, plum, violet, lavender and clove flavors are boldly sketched. In the glass, the 2013 speaks with authority and real sense of power. Today, the 2013 is quite reticent. Even so, its inner sweetness, breadth and overall balance are the stuff dreams are made of. Put simply, the 2013 is a total knockout. In a word: superb. Don't miss it."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2016)

    Le Pianelle's 2012 Bramaterra is striking. Silky tannins, expressive aromatics and punchy red-fleshed berries are some of the signatures. Today, the flavors are quite primary, so readers should plan on cellaring the 2012 for at least a few years. The 2012 is a bit riper and flashier in style than the 2010 (the best wine made here so far), but then the acidity and tannins kick in to balance things out. The translucent, persistent finish is a thing of beauty.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (5/8/2017)

    A blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina, this opens with aromas of aromatic herb, wild berry, menthol and a floral note. The firm, vibrant palate offers tar, sour cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside youthfully austere, fine-grained tannins. This needs time to soften up and fully develop.