Aged 8 years and just released, this wine drinks like a dry tawny port. It’s the color of caramel, and once it’s gone, you’ll be dreaming of it for years to come. This wine is knees-weak, soulful stuff. A supremely legit Italian woman makes this wine in a tiny village in the Langhe, which is in the more well-known region of Pedemonte. The Barbera grape is the most widely planted variety in the region, consumed mostly as a young, lighter wine. The Nebbiolo grape is famous for its crazy strong tannins that can rip the moisture right out of your mouth. But then, we met this most hauntingly delicious wine, and everything has changed – this wine was made with such patience, it tastes expertly aged. The winemaker has a philosophy about these grapes - she says it’s like ‘riding a wave’. If you drop out of the wave too soon or before it’s ready, it crashes on you, trashing you against the sand. But if you ride the wave, waiting until the grape is truly ready to be drunk, it delivers you perfectly onto the shore. This my friends, is the perfect delivery. This woman has magic wine powers.
Great with rich, long-cooked meats, mushrooms, herbs, pungent cheeses like blue cheese, and higher tannin foods like root vegetables and braised greens. The idea here is that the bright acidity in the wine will make a rich, fatty or high tannin dish complete. Or match the flavors in this wine to make them stand out. Try pairing with sour cherry, sage, anise, cinnamon, white pepper, or nutmeg.
Winemaking maverick Nicoletta Bocca, with her ultra-long-aged wines, establishes herself as a true visionary: one who pushes Barbera and Nebbiolo into little-explored realms - spaces usually reserved for the haughtier Nebbiolo from neighboring Barolo and Barbaresco. Few in Pedemonte have the courage, let alone the skills, to produce wine of this uncompromising depth and intensity, and Nicoletta’s wines have established themselves as among the truest and most thrilling.