E Pira Chiara Boschis

Chiara Boschis is one of the most passionate producers in Piedmonte. Decidedly of a modernist ilk in the cellar, yet commited to traditional, low impact farming methods, her wines speak for themselves. You can almost guess that these were wines made with a woman's touch. They are elegant, and detailed with a gentle sense of restraint and while they do see time in barrique, though much lesss new wood than they had seen in the past, they absorb the wood quite well. One of my two favorite 'modernist' producers.

2009 is the last vintage of Via Nuova as a Cru bottling.  Instead of producing a Cru Terlo, which is the new appellation for the vineyards formerly known as Via Nuova, the name has been retained as a proprietary name for a base Barolo blended with parcels from Serralunga and Monforte.

Two week ferments for the Barolo, approximately 30% new wood

2010 E Pira Chiara Boschis Cannubi - Barolo

Barrel Sample - Some obvious oak, and wood spice is present on the nose though it is very well integrated and already elegant. On the palate this shows superb integration, fabulous tannins, awesome ripeness to the fruit. Depth, power and aromatics, this needs time for the oak to integrate, but the underlying wine is awesome with everything in balance. 94-96pts

2010 E Pira Chiara Boschis Via Nuova - Barolo

Barrel sample - A little less wood on the nose, still perfumy new wood top notes, over aromas of rose petals, raspberry fruit, and  a touch of sandalwood. This is rather round and open in the mouth, both very transparent and rich, with amazing fruit, quite fresh plummy, with nice acidity keeps things really bright.This is packed with ripe tannins, nice high toned slightly vegetal aromatics in the mouth with a bitter orange rind note on the finish. 92-94pts

2010 E Pira Chiara Boschis Mosconi - Monforte

Barrel sample - Muscular, tight, and almost Serralungan on the nose with its assertively medicinal aspect. The oak works better here, melding well with the medicinal, tight dark fruit that is packed with mineral and earth aromas though this is  softer than Serralunga on the palate. Rich, and a little chewy in the mouth, this shows tons of dark fruit that is powerful and intense though this lacks a bit of elegance. One finds lots of cut plum and spice on the backend, along with huge ripe fruit tannins on the finish with pomegranate fruit. A powerhouse 93-95pts

2009  E Pira Chiara Boschis Cannubi - Barolo

Ripe fruit that is a touch jammy greets the nose followed by lots of  very mineral, limestone notes along with oak that is fairly well integrated already, still obvious but in balance with the raspberry in alcohol fruit. This turns a touch balsamic with air and the oak presence increases a touch with  a hint of nuttiness. Smooth, soft, and rather 2009 in the mouth this shows slightly syrupy raspberry and wild cherry fruit, with a Iittle hazelnut accent. There's an underlying sweetness here,  though this tightens up on the finish, showing lots of late tannins. Both rather tense and very ripe this is a bit unfocused in the mouth. 89pts

2009 E Pira Chiara Boschis Via Nuova - Barolo

A bit chocolatey on the nose with accents of ivy, black fruit, and carob adding detail to the rather floral and high-toned nose.   Here you get lots of ripeness with an underlying vegetal freshness on the powerful entry, which is followed by deep fruit on the palate that is a touch intense and yet fresh with ripe tannins and good acidity. Complexity creeps in slowly with a little mint and a little leathery and animal nuance.  This is showing really compelling freshness and complexity of fruit, even if it is fairly ripe.  92pts

2009 E Pira Chiara Boschis Mosconi - Monforte

Bit of confiture and campfire greets the nose which is deep and powerful with a fudgy edge to the very ripe dark cherry and plum fruit, gaining some slow to emerge rose petal accents. This is fairly fruity but bright on the palate with slightly exotic red fruits. Snowing more elegance and less 2009 vintage character than the other wines here, this has a restrained opulence to it with the ripe darkness of fruit touched with a hint of espresso foam. The finish shows some peach character, good length, and really attractive refinement to the tannins. 92pts

2004 E Pira Chiara Boschis Cannubi - Barolo

Open from yesterday

Wild and intense notes of ass, soil, a little egg, a hint of carrot/beet vegetal sweetness, and a creamy almost black cherry fruitiness on the nose. Opulent and bright in the mouth with very ripe tannins, very ripe yet clear fruit and great follow through on the palate. Bright and decisive in the mouth this exhibits good energy though a little older wood note lingers on the nose and there are still wood tannins here obscuring the finish. 92pts

2005 E Pira Chiara Boschis Cannubi - Barolo

Probably on 80% new barrique at this point, maybe 70% but something like that

Very low production from before the rain

Still shows some new wood on the nose along with tight, fine cherry fruit, almond oak, lots of herbal eucalyptus notes all come together on the slow to build nose. Silky and elegant on the palate with a touch of dry tannins adding an edge of nervousness. This shows a lovely spicy fruit quality, with an incipient sweetness to the core of wild cherry lozenge fruit with its menthol and medical notes. The long finish shows a touch of minerality and a light licorice tone, along with more almond on the finale. 91pts