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Vigna Cristiana Boca Nebbiolo Blend 1994

Nose has hand crushed cherry over dry Fall leaves, fresh picked pint of red raspberry, red rose, cedar humidor and a touch of alcohol heat on the close, likely this will dissipate over the evening.

Palate has unreal, ridiculous amounts of acidity, fresh cherry, fresh red raspberry, black cherry mash and distant anise.

Unbelievable wine at 25 years young, tannins are strong, this will likely enjoy another 10-15 years with ease. I can't get over the immense finish, so long, acidity is blowing my mind at how much remains after a quarter century in bottle. This is one of 2991 bottles produced for the 1994 vintage, acquired directly from the winery. The cork was solid and very firm, no concerns.

Decanted about 8hr, that was the right amount but another 1-2hr will be fine for future bottles. Paired alongside a slow and low cooked Bolognese sauce over Pappardelle, with a couple hours of cook time more than this decant.
— 19 days ago

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Tom Casagrande

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@Severn Goodwin - Not the importer’s fault. In fact, I was given credit for the bottles. But it potentially raises quality control issues that occurred in cork selection many moons ago. Long way of putting this in the “shit happens” basket.
Severn Goodwin

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@Tom Casagrande Good to know your were taken care of. The cork I pulled was one of the toughest I've experienced, thought I was twisting right into a tree.
Hugh O'Riordan

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Funny, I’ve seen cork trees.

Vini Barbaglia

Boca Nebbiolo Vespolina 2012

Stunningly well made. Still has that balance and structure. Amazing acidity. It’s in a spot where I’d wait 5 years. In 10 years when alto is the more popular with the rich crowd this will be the bling. Bought from fass selections. ... after an hour the Nebbiolo spice kicks in. Wow. You can drink this now with a decant. But still better in 5 years. ... after 2 hours ... radiant mouth coating spice. Delicious deep cherry with licorice hints. Nose is getting better. Swirling spice and deep cherry. — 2 months ago

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Costa del Salmino Ghemme Riserva Nebbiolo 2005

Rich, powerful and delicious. — a month ago

Torraccia del Piantavigna

Ghemme Nebbiolo Blend 2009

Very fragrant with bursts of cedar, dried flowers, cigar box. Classic Nebbiolo flavours, raspberry, earth, and with lot’s of structure. Hints of tea on the finish. Grippy tannins still after 10 years. — 5 days ago

Barbara Gazley
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Valencia D.O. Tempranillo

My current favourite. Started buying the box over the bottle. 😊 — a day ago

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Xanledo Ribeiro Caiño Brancellao 2016


estilo sílice, fruta roja, especias, boca ligera, poco tanino — 6 days ago


Chioso Dei Pomi Ghemme Nebbiolo 2012

Best wedding wine I’ve had. Courtesy of Jenny and Josh — 6 days ago

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Antonio Vallana e Figlio

Spanna Cinque Castelli Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 1967

A much darker color than I would have expected from a 52 year old wine. Powerful, youthful and complex aromas of plums and tobacco. At this point your mind is racing , can the palate equal or exceed the nose because you know if it can you are in for a treat. A very alive , acid driven palate of plums, cherries and tea. Had an old vine creaminess component. After approximately 2 hours the wine started to take on a less open personality. — a month ago

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Peter Sultan

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What a treat—Have heard stories about the old Vallanas but started to think they were myths. Thanks for sharing. Curious how you feel about the new generation of Vallana, which often gets released with several years of bottle age, it seems (I like them, a lot).
Ira Schwartz

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@Peter Sultan have had a handful of ‘58s and most have been drinkable to wow.
I posted on a 1997 Gattinara a few years back that was wonderful. So funny because last weekend I purchased a bottle of their 2010 Boca for my GF’s “ cellar” ( which in this case means a mixed case in a box) . I have always found tremendous Q/PR with them🤫
Peter Sultan

Peter Sultan

If only my wife came with a cellar 🤪@Ira Schwartz! They really do bring QPR, & that rusty iron ingot, old school palate is in my wheelhouse- cheers

Carles Andreu

Brut Nature Cava Sparkling Blend

Suave y afrutado deja un gran sabor en boca. — 6 days ago