Wine Advocate 93
The Gianfranco Bovio 2016 Barolo is a wine of vivid energy and brightness. The fruit shows a crisp and pure quality with wild berry, dried violet, candied orange peel and crushed limestone. It shows a smooth and silky texture that holds firm to the palate. Winemaking is simple, with brief skin macerations. When fermentation is complete, the wine is racked over to botte grande for two years of aging, followed by six months in cement. The fruit comes from both La Morra and Castiglione Falletto. Some 12,000 bottles were released.
Wine Enthusiast 91
Red berry, blue flower and a whiff of menthol form the delicate nose. The linear, medium-bodied palate is already accessible, offering strawberry, cranberry and star anise alongside taut, polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink through 2026.
About the Winery
Bovio is a boutique wine estate located in the heart of the Barolo region, in La Morra, run by the third generation of the Bovio family. Originally only a very small operation whose wines were meant to be served in the familys restaurant (still open today as Ristorante Bovio), they have now established themselves as one of the regions reference-point wineries, exported around the world.
Gianfranco Bovio began to look after his father Alessandros holdings in the 1970s, renovating the old cellars and dedicating himself with passion to making wines from their 6.5 hectares of estate vineyards. Now it is the turn of Alessandra and her husband, Marco Boschiazzo, to continue the family tradition with the cooperation of winemaker Matteo Franchi, and Robert Tofan. The operation has expanded some but still remains relatively tiny - a mere 65,000 bottles from eight hectares.
The production includes the two top Barolo crus in their home village of La Morra - Arborina and Gattera - as well as a classic-style Barolo from a blend of Rochettevino and Annunziata (La Morra). These are raised in large casks of both Slavonian and French oak, and then rest in cement tanks for six months prior to bottling. Traditionally the type of oak was selected according to the personality of each cru (French for Arborina, Slavonian for Gattera, etc.), but winemaker Matteo Franchi is now transitioning to Slavonian oak exclusively, as he believes it to be a better fit for the estates traditional aesthetic.
Rounding out their lineup are recent additions of the crus of Rochettevino (La Morra) and Parussi (Castiglione Falletto), a brand-new Barolo Riserva (a blend of Gattera, Parussi, and Arborina), and of course, a classic assortment of representative varietal wines meant for every occasion!
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