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Antonio Vallana e Figlio 2016 Boca Red, Piedmont, Italy
Available: Only 3 left in stock$39.99
For seventy-five years the name Antonio Vallana has meant great Piemontese Nebbiolo, yet their extraordinarily complex, long lived wines come not from Barolo or Barbaresco but from the region’s other great terroir, the Novara hills of Alto Piemonte. Vallana’s wines are quite different in character, due to the very different terroirs of the Alto Piemonte which lies at the foothills of the Alps where the Nebbiolo here is known as ‘Spanna’. In the late 1950s these wines were alongside the wines of Giacomo Conterno and Bartolo Mascarello, on the very short list of consistently great Piedmont producers of the day.
More important to today’s lovers of traditionally-made Nebbiolo is that Antonio’s great-grandchildren—Marina and Francis—are again crafting wines that would make their ancestors proud. They are wines of classic character that make no concessions to fashion and are true to their place and history. Boca was the source of Vallana’s famous Montalbano and Traversagna bottlings of the 1950s and 1960s. Francis and Marina are reclaiming some of the family’s old vineyards here, and, beginning with the 2010 vintage, are again making small quantities of Boca.
The 2016 Boca blend is 65% Spanna (Nebbiolo), 20% Vespolina and 15% Uva Rara. Nebbiolo brings the structure and aromatics, Vespolina adds a fresh, floral quality and the Uva Rara adds a round silky texture. Sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, plum and earthy notes develop with a bit of time in the glass. This wine is a hidden jewel. Stunning!
94 PTS – VINOUS