Bosco Agostino Barolo Neirane 2016

2016
Nebbiolo
Bosco Agostino
$55.00

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

 Our tasting impressions

Tasting this beauty from barrel blew me away. What I later tried from bottle reinforced my belief that this is a great Neirane. Juicy fruit is surprisingly light on its feet. Yet, the whole package is no shrinking violet. Keeping my hands off this so it can develop more complexity is going to take supreme willpower.

 

About this wine

100% Nebbiolo from the village of Verduno, whose wines tend to be among the most elegant of Barolos - more accessible early but no less age worthy. The vineyard, which sits 350m up and faces southwest, is planted in loose, sandy soil.

 

Fermentation is in steel tanks for 20-22 days with skins and pumping over at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C.  After a racking, the malolactic fermentation is enabled by holding the wine at 20°C. The wine is transferred to barriques and tonneaux for 6-7 months before transfer to botti to age for about 2 years. Bottling takes place in August but the 5,300 bottles were not released for another 7 months.

 

About the grape

Nebbiolo, the name believed to be derived from nebbia, Italian for fog, is a grape with one of the most protracted maturation cycles. It buds in early spring and ripens late fall (when the winter nebbia from the Alps reaches the vineyards).

 

Nebbiolo vines tend to grow upwardly with abandon, so management is essential to limit grape production and channel energy to them. They also are very particular about where they will thrive, which is why Nebbiolo is seldom found outside of Piedmont. Even there, it only is successful when planted on south facing slopes (much sun is needed for ripening), at elevations between 250 and 450 meters (lower there is too much frost exposure, higher the grapes won’t ripen).

 

Wines from Nebbiolo usually are pale-colored, high in acidity and very tannic. Common flavor descriptors are rose and tar. They tend to be highly aromatic.

 

About the vintage

Barolo producers could not have asked for better conditions than those in 2016 and an abundant crop to boot. The ripe fruit of 2015 was replicated but this time with ample acidity and more resolute tannins. Overall, the wines exhibit much better balance, even if they are not as much fun now.

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru

Bosco Agostino

L’Azienda Agricola Bosco Agostino in La Morra is a third generation business started by Pietro Bosco who sold his grapes to wine makers. His son, Agostino, was the first to bottle his own wine, albeit minimally.  The 5.5 hectare farm has been in the hands of his son, Andrea since 2000.

 

Bosco sustainably grows Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto with minimal use of chemicals and no herbicides.  He manually harvests and destems. Annual production is less than 30,000 bottles.

 

Andrea is contemplative, yet warm and amiable. His dedication to his work is evident.  His overriding aim is to produce wines that are the purest expression of his land and its grapes. Somehow, you can taste his sincerity in his wines.