2016 Le Piane Boca

Piemonte, Italy

An epic expression of Italian Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte.



In a word: dazzling.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

About The Wine

The Boca is the Le Piane flagship blend of Nebbiolo and Vespolina.

Made in a reserva style, this spent three years in old large format barrels (2000L - 3000L) before release. It's a bold, medium-bodied, though incredibly powerful red wine that speaks of a singular patch of Piemonte.

It shows a unique tapestry of amaro-like bitterness and sweet floral perfume against a beautiful backdrop of ripe red fruits with impeccable tannin structure.

An excellent option for collectors looking for something unique and special for the cellar.

About Le Piane

Le Piane was born out of a purchase of the historic cellar and vineyard of Antonio Cerri by vinologist Alexander Trolf and the vintner Christoph Künzli in 1998.

After Trolf tragically passed away in a car accident before the full project was realised, Künzli has made it his mission to turn the spotlight back on this forgotten region on the far eastern side of Piemonte, revitalising vineyards and resurrecting traditional blends and methods of production. The wines have gained quite the reputation over the intervening years.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate dubbed Le Piane, "some of the finest wines you will find in Alto Piemonte. This high-performing winery is a true treasure not only for Piedmont but for Italian wine in general." They are a hidden gem of Italian wine that is experiencing a second life. Very exciting stuff.

Owner Christoph Künzli
Owner Christoph Künzli
Boca, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Consists of Nebbiolo (85%) and Vespolina grapes. This wine requires full maturity and is treated in the barrel for 3 to 4 years, and can then be stored for decades. The mineral composition of the porphyritic soil together with the characteristic structures of the Nebbiolo grapes allow “Boca” to become a full, expressive wine. Its flavour reminds one of well-matured forest fruits, violets, tobacco and dried herbs with hints of balsam and citrus fruits.

Power and a silky elegance will develop in the mouth, fascinating and playful, with a slightly noble and bitter final note. The vast complexity of taste allows one to discover new facets over and over again. Our Boca can mature and refine in bottles for up to 10-20 years.

Blend : Nebbiolo (85%), Vespolina (15%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030+
Bottle Size : 750ml

Christoph Künzli in the vineyard
Christoph Künzli in the vineyard
Boca, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


" The 2016 Boca opens with an explosion of heady floral and savory aromatics. Medium in body, tightly wound and classically austere, the 2016 will thrill readers of the estate and its wines. Hints of rose petal, mint, pine and crushed rocks confer energy to a wine of delineation and raciness. This is such a tremendous expression of Nebbiolo. In a word: dazzling." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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