E. Pira e Figli Chiara Boschis, Dolcetto d’Alba 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
It would not be doing Chiara Boschis justice to say she is simply a great winemaker; she is a human of undeniable confidence, fortitude, and charm. This comes through in her wines as well. She concentrates primarily on the regional Nebbiolo grape while contrasting her family’s centuries of traditional male-dominated winemaking. Chiara takes a rebellious path, employing green harvesting, shorter fermentations, and the use of small French oak casks. The amount of new oak used on her cru Nebbiolos has decreased from 80% to 50%. Even her first wine, 1990 Barolo Riserva Cannubi was an incredible success. The winery became certified organic in 2014. Taking this a step further, she was able to convince 80% of the winemakers in the neighboring Cannubi to switch to organic as well!
Nada Fiorenzo Dolcetto d'Alba 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
The Wine Advocate talks about Nada Florenzo as “one of those iconic, ‘legacy’ wineries in Barbaresco that has won too many Gambero Rosso Three Glass awards and scored 90+ in Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator too many times to count.” I think this is pretty spectacular as the estate’s vineyard holdings are not very large and only a little wine is produced. The family is based in the commune of Treiso and was founded in the 1960’s. Nada Florenzo first got serious recognition in 1987 when Slow Wine took notice of the quality that was produced. This Dolcetto is coming from a single Cru named “Rombone,” which is famous locally. This special vineyard is truly the heart of the estate, serving as the site for the winery, the family house and their personal cellar.