Podere ai Villoni "Vigna Cristiana" Boca 1996
Nebbiolo Blend｜Piedmont, Italy
Vintage Nebbiolo from the back streets of Piedmont!
You may be familiar with the big regions of the noble Nebbiolo grape in Piedmont – Barolo, Barbaresco, etc. – but have you heard of Boca? Likely not – it’s a small but heralded, incredibly unique appellation in the northeast portion of Piedmont, due west of Milan. Planted since the times of the Celts and the Romans, it has higher elevations which translate to cooler, more alpine character, and iron-rich granite soil, called “porphyry,” which conveys a fierce, unrelenting mineral texture to the young wines. Mandatory aging in large, old wood for a minimum of 24 months rounds out the wines and they just get better with age.
The Sartorio family of Podere ai Villoni is the original pioneer of the Boca region; their “Vigna Cristiana” vineyard was the first entry when the appellation was delineated in 1970. Since that time, they produce just this one vineyard of Boca year-in and year-out. Certified organic and a true product of the land; in their words, they have “never used chemical herbicides or insecticides.”
This is for fans of mature Italian wine – this burnished 1996 sits firmly in the savory end of the spectrum, with a whole array of spice box and woodsy forest-fruit character: dried licorice, anise, cigar ash, woodsmoke, cassis, rosemary, cherry pit, and smoked sage unfold on the nose. The palate is dense, yet light, with tart minerals, rounded tannins, and layers upon layers of savory, meaty notes, potpourri, maraschino cherry and interwoven minerals.
Here the local name for Nebbiolo is “Spanna,” and is blended with local, rare grapes Vespolina (20%) and Uva Rara (10%) that commingle in the “Cristiana” vineyard.
Our philosophy of doing good extends beyond just showcasing well-made wines. Our responsibility extends to supporting local businesses throughout the supply chain and, just as importantly, wine estates who use fair, honest labor practices. To that end, Podere ai Villoni’s practices are not only organic, but backed up by fair wages for both family and employees alike.
Know that with every bottle we feature, your purchase supports small business and good vibes from vine to bottle, to your cellar and dinner table.
Pair with Spanish morcilla black sausage, oxtail, or grilled skirt steak with a balsamic reduction and savor the umami fireworks in this rich, subtle, smoky Italian gem!
Don't forget: for aged wines such as this, we highly recommend The Durand for problem-free vintage cork removal.
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