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 Walker Vineyard Barbera 2016
Sourced from the Walker Vineyard in Santa Ynez. 2016 was a stellar year for Barbera. There was enough heat to ripen the crop evenly while preserving some of the more nuanced aromas and texture. This brambly, juicy Barbera is both exotic and familiar with notes of plum that give way to more savory aromas of graphite, sage and hay. The mouth is clean and rounded with bright punctuated acidity.