Grape(s): 70% Nebbiolo, 30% Vespolina
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting Notes: The blend is classic Boca, around 70% Nebbiolo (called Spanna here) and 30% Vespolina which adds softness, roundness, and some floral perfume and spice. It’s classic Boca, transparent ruby in the glass and bursting with aromas and flavors of late-picked strawberries, cherries, lavender, blood orange, violets, sweet spice, and a juicy pomegranate pop on the finely (but firmly) tannic finish.
The Story: Until a couple of years ago Davide Carlone was a ghost, someone known 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.