ROBUST & MASCULIN
The Mosconi slope is the heart of the Conterni in Monforte d'Alba to the east, which was purchased in 2009. 0.8 ha. with vines over 50 years used for this wine. The soil is more muddy here, and the harvest is later than in Cannubi and Via Nuova. The field delivers a robust, masculine wine.
ROBUST & MASKULIN
Mosconi-skråningen er hjertet af Conterni i Monforte d'Alba mod øst, som blev købt i 2009. 0,8 ha. med vinstokke over 50 år bruges til denne vin. Jorden er mere leret her, og høsten er senere end i Cannubi og Via Nuova. Marken leverer en robust, maskulin vin.
Winery: Chiara Boschis
Aging: Oak barrels
ABOUT THE WINERY
CHIARA BOSCHIS & PIRA
Pira has been synonymous with Chiara Boschis from 1990, when she took over the small estate her family had run since the male line in the Pirafamily became extinct. Just then a settlement began between traditionalists and modernists in Barolo.
Chiara, who is actually an economist, had also learned wine in the rather traditional Borgogno domain her brothers run. She experimented a lot with the new methods of the 90s and eventually found a nice balance between Barolo's original "soul" and a more open-arm, delicious style that has made her the top grower she is today.
Pira har været synonymt med Chiara Boschis fra 1990, da hun overtog den lille ejendom, hendes familie havde drevet, siden den mandlige linje i Pirafamilien var uddød. Netop da begyndte et opgør mellem traditionalister og modernister i Barolo.
Chiara, der egentlig er økonom, havde også lært vin på det ret traditionelle Borgogno domæne, hendes brødre driver. Hun eksperimenterede meget med de nye metoder i 90'erne og fandt efterhånden en flot balance mellem Barolos oprindelige "sjæl" og en mere åbenarmet, lækker stil, der har gjort hende til den topdyrker, hun er i dag.
If Pinot Noir is the world's most tantalising grape, Nebbiolo runs it a close second – for very similar reasons. While the red burgundy grape has been slow to travel happily from its birthplace, and is only just showing signs of settling down in places such as Oregon, Australia, South Africa and cooler parts of California, good Nebbiolo wine is still extremely difficult to find outside its homeland in north-west Italy. Yet the best of these home-grown products are so uniquely delicious that winemakers all over the world are enticed to give it a try. It's one of the few grapes you can sometimes identify simply by its colour alone, for it tends to take on a brick-orange tinge at the rim of its blackish ruby relatively early in its often-long life. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about Nebbiolo is its perfume. The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar can often be found – together with a greater variety of other ingredients than most other grapes. On the palate, the wine is typically high in acidity and, until after many years in bottle, tannins.