2010BonipertiCarlin2010 Boniperti Vignaioli, CArLin, Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo DOC, Piedmonte, Italy.
This is superb Nebbiolo from Piedmonte’s northern reaches, I am so happy I was recommended this wine, it was a stunning choice, and I’m grateful for Stevie at Bay Grape in Oakland for intriguing me into this lovely ruby hued wine. This is a great value, I would say one of the finest under $25 examples of Nebbiolo I’ve had in recent memory and honestly this wine doesn’t get shadowed by Barolo or Barbaresco offerings at three times the price, this area of Piedmonte is on fire these days and the wines of the Novaresi area are really showing some class and are very compelling, especially this gorgeous Nebbiolo from Boniperti, imported by Oliver McCrum, a long time finder of Italian treasures off the beaten path. The 2010 vintage Boniperti Vignaioli CArLiN Nebbiolo starts with a rich nose of wild strawberry, roses and earthy spices and mineral leading to a pretty full palate of plum, strawberry, raspberry, cherry and mulberry fruits along with dried flowers, a hint of game, black tea like tannins, basaltic notes and tar plus a solid core of black licorice. As the wine opens and with food, multi layers emerge and silky refinement edges out the youthful fruit and a true Nebbiolo comes to live with lifting acidity, dusty red fruits, mineral/stony essences and a tangy minty note, along with lavender and cedar spice all bring a joyous union of secondary flavors. This wine is like drinking a Burgundy in many ways, it keeps your attention completely, you can’t wait for more, and it seduces with mysterious unfolding nuances with each sip. This Novaresi Nebbiolo is highly enjoyable, beautifully detailed and a wonderfully crafted wine, drink from 2014 to 2022.
($22 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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