Chiara Boschis – under her E.Pira & Figli label has been a favourite here for some years now, so a visit to the cellars in Barolo on the 13th of January was eagerly anticipated.
Chiara was her normal effervescent self with the whole Cook family signing up for this tasting. If you ever want to see the human soul that makes Piedmont such a special place, Chiara Boschis is it. She is such a breath of fresh air and her wines speak very highly of her commitment to her craft. Chiara is very much working in an organic/biodynamic way and the wines are bursting with aromatic freshness.
Whilst we got a fantastic look at the recently bottled 2015 Baroli (look out for an offer on these wines in May/June) and tank samples of some wines from vintage 2018, there is a small amount of stock currently available from vintage 2014 - see notes on Barolo Mosconi 2014 below.
Tasting with Chiara (in her cellars) 13th January 2019.
Chiara is her normal effervescent self with the whole Cook family signing up for this tasting. If you ever want to see the human soul that makes Piedmont such a special place, Chiara Boschis is it.
A powerful wine of great intensity and complexity. Up front, plum, blackfruits and licoice, below the surface some sweeter stone fruit and poached pear, softening the power. Altogether delicious with beautiful freshness and acid balance. Ian Cook.
A wine of power and breadth, the 2014 Barolo Mosconi has all of the textural depth that is typical of this Monforte site. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and incense are some of the many notes that fill out the wine's generous frame. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 comes together a bit more fully with time in bottle. Today, it is decidedly virile and a touch monolithic. 93 points. Antonio Galloni, February 21st 2018.