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Producer : Vallana Wines
Region : Boca (Italy), Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)
Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Boca is a rare and precious wine produced in a very tiny area of Alto Piemonte, around the village of Boca, on the eastern side of the River Sesia.
"The 2010 Boca is one of the most powerful wines in this lineup. Bold, racy and expressive, but in a classic, mid-weight style, the 2010 delivers superb flavor intensity and exceptional balance. Vespolina and Uva Rara add multiple shades of nuance to the Nebbiolo-inflected flavors. Cranberry, orange peel, mint and dried flowers are all nicely delineated throughout. I especially like the sense of energy here. Vallana's 2010 Boca is a winner. And the price? Absurdly low for this level of quality. Firm tannins and a long finish suggest the 2010 will drink well for some time to come. This is a terrific showing."
93 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, April 2016
"Silky and structured, this poised red opens with a delicate bouquet of rose, violet, woodland berry and a whiff of earthy underbrush. It's focused and vibrant, with notes of white pepper, graphite and rusted iron adding depth to the red-cherry and crushed-raspberry core. Elegant tannins and fresh acidity provide the framework. Drink 2018–2025."
93 points - Wine Enthusiast, Jan 2015
This unique wine shows the most elegant nose, with spicy and fruity notes and a silky smooth palate, long and persistent.
|Bottles Per Case||6 Pack|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||Boca (Italy), Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)|
|Style||Warm and spicy reds|
|Grapes||70% Nebbiolo, 30% Vespolina|
|Food Pairing||Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables|
|Descriptors||Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||$299.70|
In Alto Piemonte viticulture was introduced in the II century BC, and the Vallana tradition in the wine business is lost in time. However, the first available news date back to 1787. In those days, the Canon Gaetano Perrucconi, was appointed butler of the Diocese by the Bishop of Novara. The priest devoted the family property of Montalbano (in the town of Boca) to the production of the best 'Spanna' in order to match the quality needs of the highly demanding Bishop’s see. At his death (1859), the vineyards were taken over by his young nephew-in-law Bernardo Vallana 'the Old'. In those days viticulture was very common: virtually everybody had a vineyard and produced home-made wine for the family. Wine was a very tough market, with a huge competition, and only very few of the best producers managed to make a living only from selling wine. After the opening of the Simplon Railway Tunnel (1905) Bernardo and his son Antonio were the first to exploit the train to export Spanna to Switzerland and Germany.
Bernardo Vallana had an infinite love for good wine. It did not matter weather he was making the affordable table wine for the local working class, or his long aging, world class 'Spanna': Bernardo accepted no compromise when it came to quality. Today, even after decades of aging, his wines are still incredible. A real pioneer, with a mixture of passion and genius he developed his own winemaking techniques in the endless search of the perfect wine: no matter how good a wine was, the next one had to be better. In his years Bernardo Vallana created legendary crus and cuvées of Spanna such as Cinque Castelli, Campi Raudii, Riserva Catuli Ara, Montalbano, Traversagna and more. Bernardo’s passion for wine was supported by his wife Marina who always had the final word when it came to bottling a batch of wine, and he transmitted it to his daughter, Giuseppina, skilled artist and good winemaker.
In 1980 Giuseppina Vallana married an English teacher, Guy Fogarty. Guy was trained a winemaker by Bernardo Vallana himself, during his last years. The meeting of a Alto-Piedmontese Italian woman with a passion for art and wine, with an English gentleman with a broad international experience produced the most elegant wines, that are still appreciated all over the world. The two faced the task of bringing viticulture and wine making into a new world of bureaucracy and regulations. As a result, some of the “old” cuvées lost or changed their name as the new denominations appeared: 'Colline Novaresi Spanna DOC', 'Boca DOC' and 'Gattinara DOCG'. In the 80‘s and 90‘s the winery won several international prizes, reaching the 45th place in the top 100 wines of the world of the Wine Spectator in 1989. The couple’s last vintage is a superb 1996, produced just before Guy passed away, Giuseppina, kept running the business, with some help from her mother her children. Nonetheless, the family still managed to yield wonderful vintages. However the market situation combined with the family’s conditions forced Vallana to retire from some of the traditional markets.
The estate is currently run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her children: Francis, a trained enologist with a Ph.D viticulture, Marina, who holds a degree in Philosophy, is a qualified sommelier and is now attending London’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s courses and Miriam, B.A. in Russian and German and is currently completing her education. Highly inspired by the legacy of their ancestor, the Vallana-Fogarty face the task to bring the family tradition the next step further.
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