Grape(s): 90% Croatina, 10% Vespolina
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: Dark cherry, blackberry, dried herbs, lavender, tobacco, and licorice infuse with richness and brooding power, all wrapped into a classic frame. Bright acids and a good bit of tannin make it a fabulous wine for the dinner table, especially alongside hearty fare.
The Story: Until a couple of years ago Davide Carlone was a ghost, someone knew only to the producers in Alto Piemonte. Admired for the fruit he grows in his vineyards, which include the oldest Boca vineyard in existence and a 100+-year-old Croatina vineyard, he supplies many of the top wineries in the area with more than half of their fruit, for nowâ€¦. When I first met Cristiano Garella he told me that Carlone was going to be the best producer in Boca. Carlone prefers to spend his time in the vineyard, but once you get him into the cellar and talking about his wines he has plenty to say; though he steers the conversation back to the fruit often. Yet another great part of Alto Piemonte is the fact that you can have someone like Carlone, who had remained unknown until a couple of years ago. Tiny production and he sells out very quickly. Everything is done by hand.
Vineyard: La Capella, a hilly site, located in the commune of Prato Sesia at an elevation of 350-400 masl. The vineyard site covers 2ha with south/southwest exposure. Grapes are manually harvested and manually sorted in the second half of October.