2018 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Barbera d’Alba Superiore

from Piedmont, Italy

$38

If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try this!

100% Barbera from 3 plots in Piedmont. The wine is bright ruby in color, intense on the nose with lots of fresh, concentrated fruit like cherry, blackberry and plum. The palate is full, but elegant with bright acidity, fine tannins, and a long finish.

Certified organic farming practices and only 290 cases produced. 

A classic “mirror” food pairing would be Barbera Wine Risotto (fun date night recipe)! A more creative, but just as delicious pairing would be dry rubbed ribs. 

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“It was a very exciting time when I started. This group of friends and I, the “Barolo boys” as they’re called now, were always exchanging suggestions and ideas. We wanted to make Barolo the best we could.” says Chiara Boschis, owner of E Pira e Figli.

“I remember in 1994, Giorgio (Rivetti) and I went around at night to green harvest so that the neighbors wouldn’t see how many bunches we were cutting. When my father saw the next day he said I was throwing away money, he was traditional and didn’t understand. But you know, I think when you want to do something completely different, you have to do it your own way.”

E Pira e Figli is a key player in the history of Barolo. The Pira family, whose members have been vignerons for generations, started producing and bottling wine at the end of the 19th century, receiving immediate recognition for their stellar quality.

When the Pira lineage ended tragically with the death of Luigi Pira, the estate was sold to the Boschis family, of Giacomo Borgogno FigIi. Chiara Boschis took the reins in 1990 with a clear vision of what she wanted to accomplish; to marry the extra­ordinary power of Barolo with approachability, enticing elegance, and lush, intense aromas. She vinifies exclusively from proprietary vineyards, located in the very best crus of Barolo: Cannubi, San Lorenzo, Via Nuova and Mosconi, for a grand total of 32 acres.

Annual production is a miniscule 5,000 cases. In the time Chiara has run the estate, she has quickly become a ‘Superwoman’ in the area, as one of only a few female winemakers in the Langhe. Her wines are also no strangers to the limelight, regularly garnering high praise from international publications.

Chiara is a farmer first. As a winemaker, she is a master of balance, crafting finessed and sophisticated wines that are some of the most aromatically dynamic expressions of Barolo today.

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