Le Pianelle

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Bramaterra, Alto Piemonte
People: Dieter Heuskel & Peter Dipoli, Owners | Cristiano Garella, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Le Pianelle 2018 'Al Posto dei Fiori' Rosato, Coste della Sesia DOC Login AG 91 In Stock
Le Pianelle 2014 'Croa' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC Login In Stock
Le Pianelle 2014 Bramaterra DOC Login AG 95 <1 Case
Le Pianelle 2015 Bramaterra DOC Login On Order
Le Pianelle 2016 Bramaterra DOC Login On Order
Le Pianelle 2017 Bramaterra DOC Login On Order
Le Pianelle 2018 'Al Forte' Coste delle Sesia Rosso DOC Login AG 91 In Stock
Le Pianelle 2015 'Vespo' Coste della Sesia Rosso DOC Login In Stock

On his very first visit to the Piedmont region in late November 1985, Dieter Heuskel was fascinated by its blend of nature, wines, and vineyards. Ever since, he has returned several times a year, and in 2002 he decided to embark on a winemaking adventure in Northern Piedmont. Coming from the world of German finance, Dieter teamed up with Peter Dipoli, a vintner; wine merchant; reviewer; and writer in Alto Adige, to invest in the great potential of the Alto Piemonte.

Who better to have as their winemaker than Cristiano Garella. Born in Northern Piedmont, Cristiano has spent his life as an passionate vigneron on a mission to restore the glory of the wines from Alto Piemonte. After WWII, the vineyards shrank from 120,000 acres to about 5,000 acres today (as of 2017). At only 32 (as of 2017), his resume is impressive: seven-year run as CEO of Tenute Sella. Today he is the winemaker for several small wineries like Le Pianelle.

Le Pianelle is the name of the vineyard that started this estate in Alto Piemonte. Dieter Heuskel and Peter Dipoli bought this abandoned vineyard in December 2004. Over the years, they were able to acquire more parcels and today own nearly 10 acres. Le Pianelle's vineyards are located in the towns of Brusnengo and Roasio, stretching from the rice fields of the Po Valley to a range of hills of 500–650 to 1,800 meters above sea level, which finally reach the peak of Monte Rosa at 4,634 meters above sea level. They grow Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina of which they make two wines: a rosato, Al Posto dei Fiori, and a red Bramaterra. Their cellar is in an old house in the historic center of Brusnengo.

Vinous 3/31/2022
"Le Pianelle is one of the great recent success stories in Alto Piemonte. Dieter Heuskel, formerly the Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group’s Germany practice, and Alto Adige producer Peter DiPoli bought the abandoned property in Brusnengo in 2004 and slowly brought it back to life. They then hired the talented Cristiano Garella to make the wines. Le Pianelle’s flagship Bramaterra has been terrific since I first started tasting it years ago. The 2016 is one of the finest editions yet. I won’t be surprised if it is even more compelling in another few years’ time."


Vinous 4/24/2020
""Dieter Heuskel made frequent trips to Alto Piemonte from his native Germany when he was the Chairman of Boston Consulting Group’s Germany practice. Those weekend trips turned into a second career at Le Pianelle, which he co-founded with highly respected Alto Adige producer Peter DiPoli. The talented Cristiano Garella makes the wines. Cristiano Garella has emerged as the voice of the younger generation in Alto Piemonte and is, along with Roberto Conterno, the region’s greatest ambassador. Readers who have not checked out Le Pianelle owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most compelling reds in all of Italy."


Vinous 6/22/2018
"In just a few years, Le Pianelle has become one of the hottest estates in Alto Piemont, if not all of Italy. Proprietors Peter Dipoli and Dieter Heuskel continue to do important work. The 2013 Bramaterra is their best wine yet."


Media Links
I'll Drink to That!: Episode 381: Cristiano Garella
Wine Spectator: A Youthful Obsession

Reviews

  • Le Pianelle 2018 'Al Posto dei Fiori' Rosato, Coste della Sesia DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (5/1/2019)

    Aromas of red fruits, licorice and white flowers. Then big, rich, dense and spicy with slightly sweet flavors of pomegranate and watermelon. Finishes very juicy and long; this is still young and will age well. A blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina.
  • Le Pianelle 2014 Bramaterra DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (4/24/2020)

    The 2014 Bramaterra is the product of a late harvest that required considerable thinning to ripen the crop. The resulting wine is both concentrated and vibrant. Red cherry, red plum, crushed rocks, spice and leather add aromatic nuance to a wine endowed with magnificent intensity in all of its elements. Bright acids keep the flavors vibrant. The 2014 is a magnificent expression of both Nebbiolo and Bramaterra, however, readers need to be patient, as the 2014 has shut down a bit in bottle recently. Just after bottling, it showed captivating inner perfume and striking mid-palate sweetness. I am confident those qualities will re-emerge in another few years' time.
  • Le Pianelle 2018 'Al Forte' Coste delle Sesia Rosso DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (3/31/2022)

    The 2018 Al Forte is a bright, vibrant wine bursting at the seams with red berry fruit, wild flowers and alpine herbs. Nervy and racy to the core, Al Forte offers a terrific introduction to the estate. It's a fabulous second wine and a great example of the year.