Wine Details

E. Pira E Figli Barolo Via Nuova DOCG

Via Nuova (New Road) was the name of a small vineyard on the edge of the historical center of Barolo, the name coming from its proximity to the road (new at that time!) connecting Barolo to Novello. All that remains today of the road is a small walking path through the vineyards. The wine was produced as a single-vineyard Barolo for many years until, in 2010, this small Cru was incorporated into the larger Terlo subzone. And so, as a sort of homage to tradition, Barolo Via Nuova is now produced as a blend of 6 different vineyards: Terlo and Liste in Barolo, Ravera e Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba and Gabutti and Baudana in Serralunga d’Alba. This classic Barolo blend combines structure with elegance and complexity, emphasizing the particularities of each vineyard site. Though a bit timid when first opened, some time in the glass (or decanter) will reveal Via Nuova’s alluring ethereal floral and fruit perfumes.

Region:

Producer:

E. Pira E Figli (Chiara Boschis)

Classification:

Barolo DOCG

Variety:

100% Nebbiolo

Number of bottles produced:

4,500 bottles

Production area:

Terlo and Liste in Barolo, Ravera and Mosconi in Monforte d'Alba, and Gabutti and Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba

Altitude:

340 m (1,115 feet) above sea level

Age of vines:

30 years

Yield:

450 kg/ha

Vinification:

Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature with daily punch downs and pump-overs

Refining:

Aging for 24 months in lightly toasted 30% new French oak barriques

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Acidity:

6.37 g/l

Soil:

Calcareous clay, Sant'Agata marl (sandstone)

Harvest:

Mid-October

First vintage:

2009

Cellar:

E. Pira Chiara Boschis, Barolo

Bottling:

Aged an additional 1 year in bottle

Release:

Spring, 3.5 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

96

E. Pira & Figli Barolo Via Nuova DOCG 2020

James Suckling (96)- "Bright and complex nose showing excellent depth and complexity. Expect to find fresh strawberries, white pepper, stones, fine herbs, chalk and even a touch of mezcal. Broad and zesty on the palate with fine, chalky tannins driving it to a long and ample finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."

96

E. Pira & Figli Barolo Via Nuova DOCG 2020

Vinous Media (96)- "The 2020 Barolo Via Nuova is stellar. It clearly benefits from a blend of several sites. Dark cherry, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice and dried herbs all build in this potent, structured Barolo. As always, the blend includes Paiagallo, Liste, Terlo, Gabutti, Baudana, Ravera di Monforte and Mosconi—an approach that works so well. This is a stellar showing from Chiara Boschis."

92

E. Pira & Figli Barolo Via Nuova DOCG 2020

Jeb Dunnuck (92)- "The 2020 Barolo Via Nuova takes on a more introspective and serious tone, with more concentration and dark berry notes of black raspberry and cherry as well as dark earth and menthol. It is fresh on the palate, with significantly more concentration from the vintage, with cherry, tea leaf, and turned soil. (I love how each vintage is so transparent as a lens into the different nature of any given year’s climate and conditions.) This is the most muscular of the wines. Hold this one and drink 2026-2046."