“Intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”—Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate
Vallana is a “go-to” winery for wine aficionados with traditional palates, not only are their wines stunning but terrific values. You may have noticed their traditional labels on our shelves over the years, which represent the family’s connection to the past, as well as their deep roots in the wine world. The estate as we know it today was formed in 1937, but the Vallana name was synonymous with great wine as early as the 18th century. Vallana is situated in the village of Maggiora in the Alto Piemonte, more than 100 miles north of Barolo. Today, the estate is run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.
Today we have their Boca bottling from the heralded 2016 vintage. Boca is a tiny appellation within Alto Piedmonte and Vallana’s is one of the best! It is a blend of Nebbiolo/Spanna which confers the structure and the aromatic background; Vespolina adds a fresh, floral quality, and Uva Rara brings a round, silky texture.
Each variety is harvested and fermented separately then fermented in cement vats with aggressive pump-overs. Wines are blended then aged in 10 HL casks for two years. Boca must age at least 4 years before release and Vallana goes further to age their wines longer, seeking the optimal time to release their wine.
We also have their 100% Nebbiolo/Spanna available. CLICK HERE to view.
Antonio Vallana Boca 2016
Shelf Price $29.99
Sale Price $26.97
94 pts Vinous
A total stunner. Sweet tobacco, licorice, black cherry, plum and earthy notes develop with a bit of time in the glass. The 2016 is fabulous. There is just not much else to say. Well, except that it is also a remarkable value in age worthy wine.
Boca is a hidden jewel! If Gattinara is the King, Boca is the Queen. The best words to describe this wine are elegant, finessed and delicate. This is a true example that beauty in youth and elegance in age are not mutually exclusive. The Boca appellation is located near Ghemme and Gattinara in the Alto Piemonte.
This cuveé is a blend of three native grape varieties which by law limit Nebbiolo to 70%: Nebbiolo, (65%), Vespolina (20%) and Uva Rara (15%). Nebbiolo confers the structure and the aromatic background; Vespolina adds a fresh, floral quality, and Uva Rara brings a round, silky texture.