Andrea’s vineyards were ravaged by hail in 2016, compensating with extra vigor in 2017—particularly among the young Nebbiolo vines he had planted in 2012. It occurred to Andrea that these exuberant young vines might marry interestingly with a parcel of 70-year-old maggiorina-trained Croatina he had previously vinified and bottled separately (see below), and thus ROSSONOAH was born. Comprising 50% young-vines Nebbiolo, 40% old-vines Croatina, and 10% Vespolina, it is a perfect rendering of the Alto Piemonte in miniature. One senses the strict mineral discipline of Bramaterra’s volcanic rock, the savory beam of high-tension-wire fruit, and the high-toned aromatics fostered by these northerly slopes, yet its texture is supple and approachable, its structure friendly rather than imposing. Andrea employed a relatively brief 10-day maceration without excessive extraction in order to preserve the wine’s sense of freshness, with vinification occurring in stainless steel and aging taking place in large Slavonian cask for one year. The wine deftly balances serious terroir articulation,and the overall impression is one of lip-smacking resonance on the palate.