~ Podere Boscarelli ~

The Corradi family has been running Podere Boscarelli since Egidio Corradi began his dream of producing a noble wine in the hills of Montepulciano in 1962.  Today the estate is in the capable hands of the 3rd Generation and together the grandsons of Egidio run the 14 hectare estate.  
Almost 80% of the estates vines are devoted to Sangiovese, Prugnolo Gentile, while the remainder is planted to Canaiolo, Colorino and small parcels of Cabernet and Merlot. 
I caught up with Luca de Ferrari recently, one of Egidio’s grandsons who now runs the estate with his brother Nicolo.  Luca works alongside consulting enologist Dr. Castelli in crafting Boscarelli’s wines.  We discussed the passion for terroir:   “At Boscarelli, We never forget the link with tradition and the Etruscan roots of this particular place. The challenge is to give balance to the richness and complexity that this stunning territory expresses. Each year, we wait for the harvest with incredible excitement and anticipation and always hope we are able to infuse our wine with the fragrance and aromatic richness of our grapes.”

~ Montepulciano Centro ~

Today’s review is on Boscarelli’s recent release – a traditionally crafted wine from their small estate.   The 2011 Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is almost entirely Prugnolo Gentile – the local name for the clone of Sangiovese used in Vino Nobile – but there is some Colorino and Canaiolo in the blend.  

It’s a rustic ruby in the glass, a color not affected by the large cask aging employed at the estate.  The aromas are classic and bountiful.  Freshly cut flowers, chestnuts,  savory herbs and wild berries are very attractive.  On the palate, the flavors follow the aromas with good persistence and there’s a spicy, almost peppery note on the finish.  I like this wine a lot.  It’s honest, stripped down,  but made with modern attention.  And the value is there at under $22.  91 points.    I’m buying more.

~ The Boscarelli Vino Nobile has the largest production of any wine from the estate at almost 50,000 bottles per vintage.  It’s a blend of 85-90% Sangiovese with the balance to Colorino and Canaiolo ~

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