E. Pira Barolo Cannubi 2013 Offering and all the 2013 Barolo in the store!!

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"Wine is life."


- Petronius


 


You know my favorite wine in the world is Nebbiolo and among my top ten producers of Nebbiolo is Chiara Boschis.   Her newly released 2013 Barolos are once again some of the top rated wines of the vintage and she has a new Nebbiolo Langhe that we are offering for the first time in South Florida- Only 5 cases of this wine are available!!


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Over the course of three decades this winery has produced one of the top wines made in Barolo every single year.  Even in difficult vintages these wines really shine, like in 1994 when E. Pira was the only Barolo to receive the coveted "Three Glass" award from the Gambero Rosso.  The 1995 is also one of the best wines that we have tasted from this very good vintage, but the 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 vintages of this wine are at another level.   E. Pira has quickly risen to the top in an area that has had so many superstars emerge over the last ten years.  The Piedmont has seen an unprecedented string of outstanding vintages from 1996-2001 and then 2004-2013 each vintage being different but all of them offer wines of unprecedented quality.  The latest release 2013 being the best since 2010 but E. Pira Cannubi is a wine that I collect so we do an offering on it every year! 


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I paid a visit to the E. Pira winery in the Piedmont (April 2004) just after Vin Italy. This tiny operation is making some incredible wines.  The Cannubi vineyard produces some of the most prized nebbiolo grown in the Piedmont and the winemaker, Chiara Boschis is one of the most talented and hard working women in the business.  I would place these among the top 10 wines made in Barolo since 1994.  Chiara oversees all aspects of production of her wines and when it is time to rack the wine, you will find the petite Chiara in the cellars moving barrels around, the locals find it amusing that some of her young male helpers find it hard to keep up with her.  Her dedication to her work shows in the wines, the 2000, 2001 and 2003 vintage wines are some of the best that I experienced on my journey to Italy in 2004. The 2003 and 2004 vintages are very different but I appreciate both of these wines from Chiara and asked for special large format bottles as these were also the two vintages of Isabella and Antonio- my two children.  So, I have 3 liter bottles from both vintages just waiting for the kids to reach their 21st birthday, well the 2003 may not make it but 2004 will last much longer as this is a GREAT vintage in the Piedmont.  They have experienced another unprecedented string of excellent vintages with 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and the newly released 2013 all producing outstanding wines. 


 


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Chiara Bochis E. Pira Baroli from the outstanding 2013 vintage


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2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi

Price: $115.00    Sale $101.20

Quantity in Stock: 29


(96 points) The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is silky, vibrant and wonderfully perfumed. Sweet floral notes, meld into a core of bright red cherry, mint, white pepper and white flowers. Aromatically precise and finely sculpted, the 2013 possesses superb balance. In 2013, the Cannubi is all class. This is one of the most refined and gracious of Chiara Boschis' 2013 Barolos and a very typical wine for the vintage. In a word: terrific! (AG) (2/2017) Vinous


The Cannubi vineyard spans approximately 2.5 hectares and is situated at 300 meters in the village of Barolo.  Soils here are clay marl with Sant'Agata limestone.  Fermentation of this 100% Nebbiolo took place in stainless steel tanks with frequent pumping over.  The wine was then aged in lightly toasted French oak for 24 months before aging an additional year in bottle.  

Average no. cases/year: 800


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2013 E Pira e Figli Barolo Via Nuova

Price: $96.00    Your Price: $84.48


(96 Points) The 2013 Barolo Via Nuova is the most tannic and explosive of these three Barolos. The flavors are dark, powerful and intense throughout. Beams of searing tannin and vibrant, pointed acidity wrap around the virile, imposing finish. Readers will have to be patient with the 2013, as it is likely to be slow to mature in bottle. Even so, the purity of the flavors and textures is compelling.  Antonio Galloni's Vinous, February 2017


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2013 E. Pira e Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Price: $108.00    Your Price: $95.04


(95 Points) The 2013 Barolo Mosconi shows thicker textural fiber and greater overall power. The Mosconi site is characterized by heavy clay soils that act like a sponge and keep the moisture locked deep within even during the warmest months. The wine opens to coffee and dark fruit with more cherry, spice, tobacco and black truffle at the back. The mouthfeel is generous and wide in appeal, showing tannic firmness that coats the palate. The wine's layering is rich and lasting in intensity. This wine shows excellent possibility for further cellar evolution. - Monica Larner Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2017


 


A new Entry level Nebbiolo from Chiara!!


 


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2015 E Pira Nebbiolo Langhe

List Price: $36.00        Your Price: $31.68

Quantity in Stock: 51




(91 Points) The 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo is a food-friendly wine with an easy-drinking personality. Some 30% of this Nebbiolo blend is made with the Rose clone that is so light in color, the clusters look pink when they reach full maturity. In fact, the wine's color is impacted here. It boasts a light garnet or ruby shine. The wine is polished and clean with some drying tannins on the finish. The mouthfeel is compact and streamlined, but the wine ends with a pretty offering of wild berry and blue flower. The Wine Advocate


 


Older Vintages of E- Pira Wines in the store:


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2012 E. Pira Barolo Via Nuova
Price: $105.00    Your Price: $92.40

Quantity in Stock: 31


(92 Points) "Elegance and harmony are two leading traits that can be attributed to the 2012 Barolo Via Nuova. This wine represents a balanced blend of Nebbiolo grapes from various sites. That blending flexibility adds to the overall balance of the wine, which is very important in a vintage like 2012 that was not always easy across the various townships of the Barolo appellation. Bright cherry and blackberry are followed by spice and grilled herb." The Wine Advocate


 


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2011 E Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi MAGNUM

Price: $231.75    Sale $197

Quantity in Stock: 1


2011 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi

Price: $109.00    Sale $95.92

Quantity in Stock: 4


(95 Points)  A dark, brooding wine, the 2011 Barolo Mosconi captures the sense of this Monforte site in its intense flavors and broad, ample frame. Black cherries, savory herbs, mint, tobacco, smoke and incense all flesh out in the glass as this opulent, virile Barolo shows off its personality. While the Cannubi is purely silk and sensuality, the Mosconi is all muscle. It will therefore hold more appeal to readers who like massive, powerful Barolos. - vinousmedia.com  (March 2015)


 


2007 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi Magnum

Price: $333.00    Sale $293.04

Quantity in Stock: 2


2007 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi

Price: $165.00    Sale $139.00

Quantity in Stock: 24


(92 Points) The 2007 Barolo Cannubi is round, sensual and totally inviting. It is one of the most open and rewarding 2007 Baroli I have tasted thus far. I have a preference for the more vibrant Via Nuova in this vintage, but the Cannubi is a fabulous Barolo to drink now and over the next few years. The uninterrupted warmth of the year did not allow for the fruit in this due south-facing parcel to develop its full aromatics, which is the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2020. - The Wine Advocate  Only 400 cases produced

          
2006 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi

 Price: $165.00   Sale $139.00      

Quantity in Stock: 10


(94 Points) The 2006 Barolo Cannubi exudes the warmth of this south-facing site in its open, generous bouquet. The Cannubi possesses more opulence and roundness than the firmer Via Nuova in an expansive, generous expression of dark red fruit that covers the palate from start to finish. Sweet spices and flowers add complexity on the long, round close. This is another drop-dead gorgeous Barolo from Chiara Boschis. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.


Proprietor Chiara Boschis was in high spirits when I visited in November. Her 2009s were just finishing their malos and already seemed quite promising. In 2009 Boschis vinified fruit from a new parcel she is renting in the Conterni vineyard in Monforte. With her 2009s, Boschis also dropped the percentage of new oak barrels to 50%. It will be interesting to see the direction her wines take. Suffice it to say every Barolo I tasted from vintages 2005-2009 was exceptional. Boschis, one of Piedmont’s small, artisan growers, is a producer whose wines merit far more attention than they receive.  Wine Advocate #187, Feb 2010


1998 E Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi Piedmont


Price: $165.00    Your Price: $145.20


Quantity in Stock: 13


 


(92)The 1998 has always been one of my favorite vintages-it was delicious upon release and is even more so today. It offers an intense yet delicate nose of flowers and spices followed by plenty of sweet ripe red fruit, with outstanding balance and an exquisite, inviting finish. A gem. 92 points/drink after 2006Italy Report # GX Apr 200


 


 


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2014 E. Pira Dolcetto D'Alba

Price: $22.25    Your Price: $19.58

Quantity in Stock: 9


The Dolcetto d'Alba is intense ruby red with purple reflections. It has a persistent perfume of flowers and fruit with scents of violet and small red fruit. The structure is balanced and elegant.


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2013 E Pira e Figli Barbera D'alba

Price: $31.25    Your Price: $27.50


In the bouquet it is intense and complete with scents of plum and blueberries. The palate is full with sensations of fleshy, fresh fruit and at the same time lively bright acidity.


Vines:  100% Barbera grown in the Barolo area, in the Cannubi San Lorenzo Vineyard, sheet 7 parcel 64 p; surface 1100 m; year planted 1960; 360 plants per hectare in locality Crosia, sheet 9, parcel 226; surface tot. 2600m, year planted 1987; 2300 plants per hectare.


                
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A brief History of Barolo

Barolo has a long history of wine production, the area was named some 400 years ago and probably came from the Celtic brolio or brol, meaning "wood" or "orchard".   The region of Barolo encompasses approximately 3,000 acres of vines situated southwest of the town of Alba, in all or part of 11 communes.  First is La Morra, with nearly one-third of the total acreage.  Following in decreasing order are Serralunga d’alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, and Castiglione Falletto, and parts of six other villages.  One of the most famous and most sought after vineyards in Barolo is Cannubi. 

There are two main valleys in the Barolo production zone: the Barolo Valley to the west, and the Serralunga Valley to the east.  La Morra and Barolo itself are the major villages in the western valley, which also encompasses Cherasco, Novello, Roddi d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte are the major towns;  Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour are also included in this district.  There are distinct characteristics that are indigenous to the wines of various area:  the wines of Serralunga Valley have suggestions of licorice and tar, the Barolos of Serralunga itself display camphor and mint; those from Castiglione Falleto have a pronounced licorice characteristic as well as nuances of spice, mint, dried peaches, and prunes; those from Monforte recall spices, mint hazelnuts, and almonds.  The wines from the Barolo Valley bring up underbrush and truffle, as well as licorice.  Those wines from the village of Barolo have less of a licorice character but more suggestions of underbrush, truffles, and mint.  The wines of la Morra, especially those from the slopes, combine nuances of white truffle, mint, tobacco, spices, cherries, and blackberries and those from Cannubi display motes of white truffles, underbrush, raspberries, and black cherries. 


 


2013 Vintage Barolo in the store


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2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia

Price: $87.00    Your Price: $76.56

Quantity in Stock: 11


Aldo Conterno’s Barolo Bussia is produced from five hectares of prime vineyards in Bussia Soprano, the original section of what has become a rather large vineyard in recent years. These five hectares are spread across three separate parcels with vines averaging 35-40 years old, with no vines younger than 20 years old.


(94 Points) "A fragrant style, offering rose, cherry, earth, mineral and cumin aromas and flavors. Young and tense, yet shows fine potential, with complex flavors, good structure and a long aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2040." Wine Spectator


 


2013 Bruna Grimaldi Barolo “Bricco Ambrogio”

Price: $45.00    Your Price: $39.60

Quantity in Stock: 12


Robust and full bodied, with intense perfumes, a long finish and a brilliant garnet red color with orange reflections. Aroma: Ample and intense with sensations of violet, pepper, raspberries and dried roses along with the typical nose of tar.


 


2013 Bruna Grimaldi Barolo “Camila”

Price: $39.75    Your Price: $34.98

Quantity in Stock: 12


The story of Azienda Bruna Grimaldi is one of family tradition: people born and raised in Barolo among the hills that connect the villages of Grinzane Cavour to Serralunga, combined with a passion for wine and working the vineyards that has been handed down through the decades. The winery has grown over the years, thanks to its dedication to the great wines of the Langhe and great care in the selection of the most suitable vineyards for the production of Barolo.


 


2013 Cascina Chicco Barolo Rocche del Castelletto

Price: $66.50    Your Price: $58.52

Quantity in Stock: 12


Vineyard position: Castelletto, in the township of Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy.


Wine-making: In this vineyard, because the yield per vine must not exceed 2 kg, two thinnings are done – one at the beginning and one at the end of August.


During harvest, which is done manually by specialized vineyard workers, particular attention is given to the grape sorting. Each plant is harvested twice with a period of 6-10 days in between.


Fermentation lasts 15 days and happens in small, stainless steel tanks with repeated pumping-over for adequate color extraction. Maceration continues after fermentation for a total of 40-45 days. After, the wine is transferred to wood barrels of 2,000, 2,500, and 5,000 liters. Here is where malolactic fermentation begins, as the wine rests for 30 months before being transferred, once again, to stainless steel tanks where it will remain for 8 months. After about 4 years from the date of harvest, the wine is ready to be put on the market.


On the nose, this wine is elegant, with complex notes of raspberry, liquorice, and spices. It is full-bodied, powerful, and balanced by the sweetness of the tannins that characterize its lasting impression on the palate.


 


2013 Ceretto Barolo

Price: $48.00    Your Price: $42.24

Quantity in Stock: 1


(91 Points) The 2013 Barolo is an expressive, elegant wine. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red cherries and chalky notes give the 2013 its distinctive high-toned profile. The tannins are incisive, but not at all intrusive. I tasted the 2013 from an approximate final blend. If the bottled wine is anything like the barrel sample, the 2013 will be terrific at this level. Today, the 2013 is delicate, aromatic and absolutely beautiful. Fruit sources are Gabutti and pieces that don't go into the single vineyard wines. The quality of the vintage at Ceretto is evident here. Vinous / Antonio Galloni


 


2013 Icardi Barolo Parej Piedmont

Price: $70.00    Your Price: $61.60

Quantity in Stock: 12


(94 Points) A racy style, featuring blueberry, black currant, violet, tar and spice flavors allied to a linear frame. Balanced and complex, building to a long, mineral-tinged and mouthwatering finish. Best from 2021 through 2036. 900 cases made.  –BS Wine Spectator


 


2013 La Spinetta Barolo Vigneto Garretti

Price: $72.00    Your Price: $63.36

Quantity in Stock: 24


Winemakers notes: Light red color, typical of Nebbiolo. The bouquet is firm with raspberry and cherry character, hints of lemon rind. Intense and rounded taste with a lovely juicy palate that holds blackberry and violet notes. It provides great complexity and depth with fine tannin structure.


 


2013 Parusso Barolo

Price: $55.00    Your Price: $48.40

Quantity in Stock: 11


Wild cherry and fresh flowers, truffles and more this is a classic Barolo with exotic spices and orange peel notes.  A good amount of tannins with liqueur like fruit very distinct with a long layered finish, an excellent entry level Barolo but hardly entry level in quality.  Finish 45+    Excellent +


 


2013 Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine (Magnum)

Price: $595.00    Your Price: $523.60

Quantity in Stock: 6


2013 Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Price: $275.00    Your Price: $242.00

Quantity in Stock: 23


The 2013 Barolo Tre Tine is a super-classic, vibrant wine that bristles with energy. Lithe and gracious, but with terrific intensity, the 2013 is also surprisingly accessible for a young Rinaldi Barolo. Perhaps the 2013 will shut down in bottle, but today, it is all polish. Although quite classic in feel, the 2013 is a bit lower in acidity than the 2010 and is also not forbiddingly tannic, both of which add to its immense appeal today. Scents of lavender, menthol, licorice and sweet red cherry develop in the glass, adding to the wine's considerable appeal. Today, the 2013 is gorgeous...96 pts Galloni


 


2013 Scavino Barolo

Price: $39.00    Your Price: $34.32

Quantity in Stock: 13


(93 Points)  The Paolo Scavino 2013 Barolo sports the depth and elegance that famously characterizes the house style. Fruit is sourced from various points across the appellation and the specific blend changes according to the needs of the vintage. Among the various Barolo wines made by this estate, this wine is the most accessible and approachable for sure. The bouquet offers compelling aromas of black fruit and dried blackberry and there's plenty of spice, licorice and tar at the back. The wine shows its complexity as well as its varietal purity. You'll notice the handwritten signature of patron Enrico Scavino on the front label.  The Wine Advocate


 


2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Price: $55.25    Your Price: $48.62

Quantity in Stock: 1


(93 Points) The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is rich, powerful and intense, especially for what is the estate's entry-level Barolo. Dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and menthol are all used together. Intense and voluptuous, the Castiglione shows the richer, more intense side of the vintage. Time in the glass helps release the aromatics and the brighter side of Nebbiolo. Quite simply, the 2013 is a super Barolo Castiglione that is starting to close the qualitative gap with the single vineyard Barolos.  Vinous / Antonio Galloni


 


 

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