Podere ai Valloni

Vigna Cristiana Boca Nebbiolo Blend

9.148 ratings
9.324 pro ratings
Boca, Novara, Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo Blend
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has dried roses, newly paved highway, dry leather, cut cherries, dried spearmint, dry clay soil, dried cigar and dry granite.
Palate has dried black cherry, mahogany shavings, dry/moist granitic soil, dried blackberry, matchstick cut red pepper, abundant fresh cherries with a long finish, slightly dry, many, many years ahead of this bottle.
Decanted 4+hours, more time needed, at hour four it's really starting to launch!

Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has dried roses, newly paved highway, dry leather, cut cherries, dried spearmint, dry clay soil, dried cigar and dry granite.
Palate has dried black cherry, mahogany shavings, dry/moist granitic soil, dried blackberry, matchstick cut red pepper, abundant fresh cherries with a long finish, slightly dry, many, many years ahead of this bottle.
Decanted 4+hours, more time needed, at hour four it's really starting to launch!

Sep 27th, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

Been 1.5 years I think since I’ve had this. Roaring nose out of the gates. Big cherry fruit, saddle leather, dried roses, deep mineral imprint, airy and so clean. Dried roses. So many. Smells so old school yet clean. Gonzo out of the gates. Palate is ripe and generous with cigar box, mint and tobacco. So juicy and textured with ripe, generous and abundant tannins. Awesome fruit and depth and terrific inner mouth aromas. So pure and sappy. Amazing freshness. Terrific balance and sense of place. This will be a higher score in 2-5 hours. Book it.

In 2 hours it integrates and is so good. 9.3 to 9.4.

Been 1.5 years I think since I’ve had this. Roaring nose out of the gates. Big cherry fruit, saddle leather, dried roses, deep mineral imprint, airy and so clean. Dried roses. So many. Smells so old school yet clean. Gonzo out of the gates. Palate is ripe and generous with cigar box, mint and tobacco. So juicy and textured with ripe, generous and abundant tannins. Awesome fruit and depth and terrific inner mouth aromas. So pure and sappy. Amazing freshness. Terrific balance and sense of place. This will be a higher score in 2-5 hours. Book it.

In 2 hours it integrates and is so good. 9.3 to 9.4.

Aug 29th, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

Smoking nose. Leather, tar, tobacco, cherry, so elegant and fine. Mesquite bbq. So old school and expressive. Loads of dirt. Each. Palate has just amazing fruit and density. Such energy and purity. So juicy and so alive. Such a mineral core and lovely, lively amazingly clear fruit.

Smoking nose. Leather, tar, tobacco, cherry, so elegant and fine. Mesquite bbq. So old school and expressive. Loads of dirt. Each. Palate has just amazing fruit and density. Such energy and purity. So juicy and so alive. Such a mineral core and lovely, lively amazingly clear fruit.

Aug 15th, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Rocking showing of this. Needs 30 minutes or so. Roses, underbrush, dried fruit, mint, tobacco, palate is juicy, vibrant and energetic with terrific mid season and sour cherry fruit. Ripe and juicy tannins. Loads of sap and density on the finish. I’ll be back once it opens.

Rocking showing of this. Needs 30 minutes or so. Roses, underbrush, dried fruit, mint, tobacco, palate is juicy, vibrant and energetic with terrific mid season and sour cherry fruit. Ripe and juicy tannins. Loads of sap and density on the finish. I’ll be back once it opens.

May 2nd, 2020
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Wow. What a great wine. Nose of huge spice and ripe cherries. Mint, menthol, juicy and intense on the palate with terrific fruit and freshness. Big ripe tannins. Wonderful wine with a long life ahead but delicious today’s very long finish full of stunning cherry fruit.

Wow. What a great wine. Nose of huge spice and ripe cherries. Mint, menthol, juicy and intense on the palate with terrific fruit and freshness. Big ripe tannins. Wonderful wine with a long life ahead but delicious today’s very long finish full of stunning cherry fruit.

Oct 1st, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

One of the best 97’s I’ve had. Being 2 hours north of the Langhe helped tame the ripeness of the vintage. It’s ripe but but also classic Boca and superbly complex. Big ripe cherries, confectionary cherries, gorgeous roses, huge spice and some funk that takes a few hours to blow off. Tree bark, old library books, spices galore and even sweet mint. Loads of sweaty saddle leather. Just a stunning nose. Also shows some youthful vigor. Palate is supple and sexy with gorgeous purity and freshness. Superbly complex, I mean super super complex with just an explosion of inner moth florals and gorgeous deep mid season cherry fruit. Gorgeous velvety tannins and wonderful freshness and acid. Long, lingering finish that pumps the fruit. Long long finish. Wonderful texture and mid palate opulence but also classically lean Boca that has amazing presence and length. This is terrific.

One of the best 97’s I’ve had. Being 2 hours north of the Langhe helped tame the ripeness of the vintage. It’s ripe but but also classic Boca and superbly complex. Big ripe cherries, confectionary cherries, gorgeous roses, huge spice and some funk that takes a few hours to blow off. Tree bark, old library books, spices galore and even sweet mint. Loads of sweaty saddle leather. Just a stunning nose. Also shows some youthful vigor. Palate is supple and sexy with gorgeous purity and freshness. Superbly complex, I mean super super complex with just an explosion of inner moth florals and gorgeous deep mid season cherry fruit. Gorgeous velvety tannins and wonderful freshness and acid. Long, lingering finish that pumps the fruit. Long long finish. Wonderful texture and mid palate opulence but also classically lean Boca that has amazing presence and length. This is terrific.

Oct 1st, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

Gorgeous wow. What a nose. Earthy, dusty, oolong tea, red cherries, truffles and minerals. Just stunning. Amazing underbrush and a Piemonte sous-bois. Stunning. Everything one wants. Palate is elegant and pure with gorgeous cherry fruit. Amazing supple texture but also bright acids and wonderfully fine tannins. So long, balanced, fresh and pure. So precise with crazy energy. Showing so well. So juicy and concentrated and has a youthful vigor despite being so old. Wonderful. So authentic.

Gorgeous wow. What a nose. Earthy, dusty, oolong tea, red cherries, truffles and minerals. Just stunning. Amazing underbrush and a Piemonte sous-bois. Stunning. Everything one wants. Palate is elegant and pure with gorgeous cherry fruit. Amazing supple texture but also bright acids and wonderfully fine tannins. So long, balanced, fresh and pure. So precise with crazy energy. Showing so well. So juicy and concentrated and has a youthful vigor despite being so old. Wonderful. So authentic.

Oct 1st, 2019
Severn Goodwin

Pre-Labor Day festivities with friends.

70% Nebbiolo / 20% Vespolina / 10% Uva Rara. Tar & roses. Just delicious, more notes later...

24 Hour Update:
Nose has roses, moist compost-soil, warm tar, ripe and over-ripe cherries and plum skin. Such a nose, almost don't want to drink it!
Palate has dried cherry, old leather, charcoal dust, light black tea, very gentle tannins and light minerality. A lot of complexity to the palate, just elegant.

Pre-Labor Day festivities with friends.

70% Nebbiolo / 20% Vespolina / 10% Uva Rara. Tar & roses. Just delicious, more notes later...

24 Hour Update:
Nose has roses, moist compost-soil, warm tar, ripe and over-ripe cherries and plum skin. Such a nose, almost don't want to drink it!
Palate has dried cherry, old leather, charcoal dust, light black tea, very gentle tannins and light minerality. A lot of complexity to the palate, just elegant.

Sep 1st, 2019
Severn Goodwin

Nose has old tar, countless stems of red roses, dried cherry, library stacks and dried raspberry.

Palate has jammy and bright cherry preserves, fresh tart cherry, old leather, moist earthy notes (positive trait) and some neutral wood.

Mellow tannins after an extended decant, this bottle is really singing. I am lucky to have tasted older vintages to give an understanding of where this wine is going. Now, whether or not I have the patience to hold the remaining bottles another 20-years is a major question, very nice today.

Decanted ~3hrs, in a cool place. Not my kitchen today, which was quite warm as I preserved our first real harvest of 2019 tomatoes, converting them into pizza sauce. I beat our first processed batch from 2018 by an entire week...don't believe anyone telling you we're not living through climate change, or more appropriately 'climate disruption' to quote Ralph Nader. This is why the best Nebbiolo is now coming from northern Italy, and the best Pinot will transition to Germany. OK, enough politics, this is a forum for wine, mostly. Cat photo-bombs appreciated in your bottle pics (sorry none from me today).

Nose has old tar, countless stems of red roses, dried cherry, library stacks and dried raspberry.

Palate has jammy and bright cherry preserves, fresh tart cherry, old leather, moist earthy notes (positive trait) and some neutral wood.

Mellow tannins after an extended decant, this bottle is really singing. I am lucky to have tasted older vintages to give an understanding of where this wine is going. Now, whether or not I have the patience to hold the remaining bottles another 20-years is a major question, very nice today.

Decanted ~3hrs, in a cool place. Not my kitchen today, which was quite warm as I preserved our first real harvest of 2019 tomatoes, converting them into pizza sauce. I beat our first processed batch from 2018 by an entire week...don't believe anyone telling you we're not living through climate change, or more appropriately 'climate disruption' to quote Ralph Nader. This is why the best Nebbiolo is now coming from northern Italy, and the best Pinot will transition to Germany. OK, enough politics, this is a forum for wine, mostly. Cat photo-bombs appreciated in your bottle pics (sorry none from me today).

Aug 18th, 2019
Severn Goodwin

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.

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.

Mar 31st, 2019