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Vallana Boca 2011


Synopsis, Our Opinion: OUTSTANDING Nebbiolo and a fantastic value.

Producer/Winery: Antonio Vallana; Maggiora, Italy

Grape Variety: Nebbiolo blend – 65% Nebbiolo, 20% Vespolina and 15% Uva Rara.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Boca; Alto Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $31.50 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Meatloaf with Madeira sauce, baked potatoes and corn on the cob.

Tasting:

    Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with a slight brown tint and the same color rim. Strong earthy smoke aromas with cherry, blackberry and a whiff of raspberry. Smooth, very approachable with a fresh and vibrant bone dry mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 200-grit texture. Powerful cherry, mushroom, cranberry and wineberry flavors. Crisp acidity, well integrated fine grained tannins that were quite firm in the long flavorful, slightly sour cherry finish that ended with a wonderful touch of spiciness. The first two pours were a little rustic, but the third pour was elegant and refined. With its fine grained tannins and superb balance it’s a Nebbiolo that’s really drinking well. We thought it was OUTSTANDING Nebbiolo and a fantastic value.

Harvesting grapes in the Vallana vineyard
Photo from Antonio Vallana.

Comments: Learn more about the Vallana and their wines.

See our reviews of other Vallana wines.

Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.