Boca 'Vigna Cristiana' 1996 Podere Ai Valloni

From Alte Piemonte comes this primarily Nebbiolo blend (there's a bit of Vespolina and Uva Rara) with a mineralic character interlaced with violets, dark cherries and fine spices.



Boca DOC is one of the most unique and exciting micro appellations of Northern Piemonte, also known as Alto Piemonte. This part of the region, far cooler and more overcast than the famous Langhe in the South, is home to a variety of fantastically age-worthy, Alpine, mineral and earthy expressions of Nebbiolo, often blended with the local Vespolina and Uva Rara (Bonarda). The secret to BOCA is the sub soil, composed of pure solid porphyry, a type of iron rich granite that generates Nebbiolo driven wines with a well known "swampy", mineral/rocky and bloody character, interlaced with the classic notes of violets, maraschino cherry and spices. Some of the most vibrant acidities you can find in Piemonte guarantee these wines decades and decades of aging potential and complexity development. PODERE AI VALLONI is the most historical winery of this appellation which only produces 1 wine every vintage, the BOCA doc. The winery is a family run operation that pioneered this wine through a passion and love for this ancient site, where gallic (Celtic) tribes first planted the vine prior to the Roman invasion. The Sartorio family were the very first to establish the official BOCA denomination (today a DOC) and their single-vineyard VIGNA CRISTIANA, was the very 1st official vineyard to be entered into the registry of the appellation, with serial number 1 dated 1970. Today this vineyard, enhanced by 40+ years of age, is the fulcrum of the winery's production and their pride.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard No
Winemaker No
Producer Cantine Garrone
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 6.20
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential No
Grape Variety 70% - Nebbiolo
20% - Vespolina
10% - Uva Rara
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Piedmont



Piemonte, in English commonly called Piedmont, capital city Turin, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, hence the name, "at the foot of the mountains..."

This region is home to the most distinguished wines in Italy, grown from the grape variety Nebbiolo. These wines are typically named for the municipalities where they grow, although the demarcated zones include wines grown in neighboring communes as well: Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Carema, Ghemme, Langhe, etc. are the names one learns to look for.

Other red varieties of interest are the Barbera and the Dolcetto. The latter of these, as its name suggests, has a winning sweetness to it, while the Barbera does in fact feature a rather barbed element of pointed acidity, though it's not particularly tannic. And then there's Asti--in addition to powerful red wines, this town is home to the generously flavored low-alcohol Moscato d'Asti, and the frequently mass-produced sparkling wine formerly known as Asti Spumante.

White wine grapes include Arneis, Cortese and Malvasia. Piemonte is home to 42 DOCs and 15 DOCGs.


Boca DOC

Boca: a little known DOC dating from around 1970, home to a few wine producers in the Piemontaise province of Navara. The primary grape variety is of course Nebbiolo, with permitted admixtures of Bonarda (Uva Rar) and Vespolina. Nebbiolo, here known as Spanna, historically had to make up 45% -70% of the blend. Now it’s closer to 90%. The wine must be aged 36 months before release, two thirds of this in cask. The wines have been highly priced by aficionadi for centuries, thanks to their combination of accessibility and longevity. The zone's 15 hectares includes the eponymous Boca sub-region, as well as Grignasco, Maggiora, Cavallirio, and Prato Sesia on the left bank of the Sesia River in the province of Novara.

SKU: 2269