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Vallana Boca Nebbiolo 2016
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This is a red wine imageVallana Boca Nebbiolo 2016

$33.06$24.95
 
Vinous Media 94
"A total stunner. Sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, plum and earthy notes develop with a bit of time in the glass. The 2016 is fabulous. There is just not much else to say. Well, except that it is also a remarkable value in age worthy wine.

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Boca is a hidden jewel! If Gattinara is the King, Boca is the Queen. The best words to describe this wine are elegant, ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #37186
Shelf at store:17e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 94
"A total stunner. Sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, plum and earthy notes develop with a bit of time in the glass. The 2016 is fabulous. There is just not much else to say. Well, except that it is also a remarkable value in age worthy wine.

Wine Information:
Boca is a hidden jewel! If Gattinara is the King, Boca is the Queen. The best words to describe this wine are elegant, finessed and delicate. This is a true example that beauty in youth and elegance in age are not mutually exclusive. Nebbiolo confers the structure and the aromatic background; Vespolina adds a fresh, floral quality, and Uva Rara brings a round, silky texture.

This cuve is a blend of three native grape varieties which by law limit Nebbiolo to 70: Nebbiolo, (65), Vespolina (20) and Uva Rara (15). Nebbiolo confers the structure and the aromatic background; Vespolina adds a fresh, floral quality, and Uva Rara brings a round, silky texture. Each variety is harvested and fermented separately. The grapes are picked by hand and transported in small boxes designed to protect the skins and delay the onset of natural fermentation. Cement is the preferred fermentation vessel and the wines are pumped over aggressively in the beginning to develop tannins and color. This process slows with the passage of time depending on the individual structure of the varietals. The wines are then blended and put into 10 HL casks where they will develop for two years. Boca must age at least 4 years before release and Vallana goes further to age their wines longer, seeking the optimal time to release their wine.

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Our history and love affair with Vallana began with Michael Skurnik, remembering the wine from his time at Windows on the World. Unfortunately the wines were out of the US market for years and we could not be more excited to have these wines back in the States and we are proud to showcase this thrilling producer from Alto Piemonte!

As the Vallana family explains, Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo, is a grape of terroir. While the Langhe showcases a beautiful expression, especially in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, no list is complete without the wines of Alto Piemonte. Here, at the base of the Alps, at the foot of Monte Rosa, where the Mediterranean and Continental climates meet, Alto Piemonte takes on a charming and highly aromatic character. Alto Piemonte has acidic soils, rather than the alkaline soils of the Langhe, giving the wine its acid backbone and ultimately the structure and character that adds to the age ability. These vineyard sites are on gently sloping terraces along the left bank of the river Sesia and Lake Maggiore. Vallana owns vineyard sites within Colline Novaresi including the 2 important crus of Boca and Gattinara.

The classical labels that adorn Vallanas bottles represent the familys connection to the past, as well as their deep roots in the wine world. The estate as we know it today was formed in 1937, but the Vallana name was synonymous with great wine as early as the 18th century. Vallana is situated in the village of Maggiora in the Alto Piemonte, more than 100 miles north of Barolo. Today, the estate is run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Vallana Gattinara"Intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character."--Robert Parker

"Vallana creates Spanna with extraordinary life spans, their breeding, substance and longevity showing no compromise whatever with conceptions of mass consumerism." – Burton Anderson

Our history and love affair with Vallana began with Michael Skurnik, remembering the wine from his time at Windows on the World. Unfortunately the wines were out of the US market for years and we could not be more excited to have these wines back in the States and we are proud to showcase this thrilling producer from Alto Piemonte!

As the Vallana family explains, Spanna, the local name for Nebbiolo, is a grape of terroir. While the Langhe showcases a beautiful expression, especially in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions, no list is complete without the wines of Alto Piemonte. Here, at the base of the Alps, at the foot of Monte Rosa, where the Mediterranean and Continental climates meet, Alto Piemonte takes on a charming and highly aromatic character. Alto Piemonte has acidic soils, rather than the alkaline soils of the Langhe, giving the wine its acid backbone and ultimately the structure and character that adds to the age ability. These vineyard sites are on gently sloping terraces along the left bank of the river Sesia and Lake Maggiore. Vallana owns vineyard sites within Colline Novaresi including the 2 important crus of Boca and Gattinara.

The classical labels that adorn Vallana's bottles represent the family's connection to the past, as well as their deep roots in the wine world. The estate as we know it today was formed in 1937, but the Vallana name was synonymous with great wine as early as the 18th century. Vallana is situated in the village of Maggiora in the Alto Piemonte, more than 100 miles north of Barolo. Today, the estate is run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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