2006 BOCA Le Piane
|Grapes: Nebbiolo Vespolina Bonarda
||Origin: Italy, Piedmont
Lea & Sandeman review
Boca DOC is a blend of Nebbiolo, Vespolino and Bonarda from old vines, and is a wine that is capable of ageing a long time. Made quite traditionally, with a maceration which extends to one month in open tanks with daily pumping over of the skins, followed by a month in two and three hectolitre casks. Following a natural malolactic fermentation the wine is kept for
three years in large oak casks and a further year in bottle prior to release. The combination of the highly mineral soil on which it is grown and the unique structure of Nebbiolo results in a wine that is both full bodied and highly expressive. Scented with violets, dark berry fruits, hints of tobacco and licorice, this is a wonderful example of 'tar and roses', so classic of Nebbiolo. A complex and very long wine this definitely needs food. Richer than a Barbaresco (because of the Vespolino), softer than a Barolo, and at the same time all that you would wish for from a great Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Other reviews and comments
Nebbiolo, Croatina. Bright crimson. Very juicy and complete and satisfying with real tang on the end. Could only be Italian – real zest. Very pure. Food please!
Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
The 2006 Le Piane from Boca is a fabulous wine from one of the smallest appellations in Northern Piedmont. Crushed flowers, mountain herbs and red fruit come together on an exceptionally elegant frame. In 2006, Le Piane has a little more richness than is often the case, while retaining its firm style. This is a fascinating, contemplative wine that needs to be followed over several hours (or days!) in the glass. It is truly magnificent; in fact I think the 2006 is the best Le Piane I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Wonderfully aromatic vintage. Average temps. Harvest mid October. Delicate, developed – red fruit cross between Pinot and Nebbiolo. A little bit bloody as you find in Boca. And a mineral freshness. Dry, fine and scented on the palate. Those herbal notes come through too and a touch of leather and red berries. Very fresh, tannins chalky and dry and structured but no aggression, just palate friction. Will be even more aromatic in a year. Long without weight. 2012-2018
Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
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