“The 2015 Lessona is all finesse. Dried flowers, mint, herbs, sweet dried cherry and mineral overtones all grace this sublime, ethereal red. The Lessona is much lighter than the Bramaterra, but its depth and energy are there, they are just expressed in a more understated manner. A whole range of bracing mineral and citrus notes drive the red berry flavors in an utterly beguiling, polished red. What a wine!” 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (September 2020)
Noah is an exciting young winery based in the small town of Brusnengo, in the province of Biella in Northern Piedmont. It is the viticultural brainchild of Andrea Mosca and Giovanna Pepe Diaz who, in 2010, decided that a career change was necessary in order to follow their passion for wine. The husband and wife team had a mutual yearning to live off the land and so, in a bid to change their lifestyle and that of their two children, they purchased 3.8 hectares of vineyard within the Bramaterra DOC. Andrea and Giovanna have a holistic approach to winemaking, they believe strongly that “wine is the harmonious meeting of man and nature.” A view that we very much share!
The Noah vineyards sit between the two growing areas in Brusnengo – Mesola and Forte – and the grapes grown here can be made into the wines of Bramaterra DOC or Coste della Sesia DOC – Noah produces both. Noah’s production is led by Nebbiolo but there are parcels dedicated to Croatina, Vespolina and Uva Rara.
Brusnengo sits upon volcanic, porphyry rock and there are great differences between the topsoil within the growing area. Here, the unique microclimate of cooling breezes and warming soils guarantees a slow and complete ripening of the all of the varieties and results in wines with full and complex flavours.
The Bramaterra DOC is a relatively small appellation in Piedmont with the ability nevertheless to produce outstanding wines. Nebbiolo dominates the blends but the DOC allows for flexibility in small percentages of other varietals. Noah’s Bramaterra is comprised of 70% Nebbiolo, 20% Croatina and 10% Vespolina and is a beautifully balanced wine with flavours of cassis, cherries, wild strawberries, white truffle, rose water and orange marmalade and blending together seamlessly, followed by a wonderfully firm and mineral finish.