2010 Boscarelli Il Nocio, Vino di Nobile Montepulciano DOCG, Tuscana, Italy – LIBRARY! – DE97

2010 Boscarelli Il Nocio, Vino di Nobile Montepulciano DOCG, Tuscana, Italy – LIBRARY! – DE97



Boscarelli founder Egidio Corradi transplanted from Genova to Cervognano to establish this small family run cellar, and began producing vintages in the late 1960s.  His daughter Paola De Ferrari Corradi a took over the reins of the estate in 1983 when her husband Ippolito died in a tragic car accident.  At the time their children Luca and Nicolò were just 16 and 13 years old.  As Luca and Nicolò became older and finished their studies, each decided to change career directions and join their mother at the winery which was being renovated with new equipment and design, and vineyard replanting and expansion.

We first met Nicolò at the San Francisco Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting in 2011 when we were “blown away” by the winery’s 2007 Riserva (Black Label) which we learned was not imported into the US market.  That same Spring we visited the winery and Nicolò and met his mother and brother.  We also began lobbying for with the family and importer to increase availability and include the Riserva in their import portfolio to the United States.

The Boscarelli Vino di Nobile comes from a selection of parcels around the property, blending roughly 90 percent Sangiovese, with indigenous grapes like Canaiolo contributing the remainder.  However, Il Nocio is a 100 percent Sangiovese single-vineyard bottling; Il Nocio has a southwestern exposure, and is situated on the top of a knoll where an old walnut orchard once stood.   The wine is aged in French and Slavonian oak barrels and casks in varying sizes from 300 to 30,000 liters.

The 2010 vintage of this bottling is extremely rare.  Tasted recently the bottle was fresh with cellaring potential to still evolve!

Wine reviews

Decanter (UK) – 97 points

Gentlemen Top 100 – 5th place among Italian wines

Gambero Rosso 2015 – 3 glasses

l’Espresso 2005 – 5 bottles

Vini Buoni d’Italia 2015 – 4 stars

Veronelli 2015 – 3 stars

SlowWine 2015 – “Great Wine”

Walter Speller of Jancis Robinson – 17,5 points

Doctor Wine – 94 + points

La Cucina Italiana – wine review

Vinum – 16,5 points