Based in Santa Barbara, California, Alison Thomson’s winery takes its name from her great grandfather Luigi Lepiane who settled in Hollister CA after emigrating from Calabria. Founded in 2013, Alison’s simple goal is to craft vibrant, balanced and exciting wines that reflect her passion for Italian food, life and wine. Armed with a degree in Biology, Italian and Masters in Viticulture from U.C. Davis, Alison spent time working in Piemonte with Barolo’s Sergio Germano and in the US with the likes of Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non
LA.Lepiane Wines Nebbiolo Alisos Vineyard 2016
The elevage in 600 liter casks for 30 months followed by 20 months in bottle helps to soften and balance the acid and tannin which are notoriously abundant in Nebbiolo. This wine is a perfect example of California sunshine infused into an Italian varietal with ripe red fruit in the mouth and rounded chalky tannin. Enjoy it now with braised shortribs, a platter of salumi, or late summer caponata. Or, wait 10-15 years to experience the wine’s more nuanced earthy side.