Chiara Boschis Barolo 2019
It’s 8:59 am, and I am standing outside the big wooden door of Chiara’s winery. I am there to taste the Chiara Boschis Barolo 2019. As soon as the clock strikes 9:00, I ring the doorbell. The door opens, but Chiara is nowhere to be found. Not surprisingly, she is in the vineyard. For those of you who know Chiara, you know that she definitely prefers being in the vineyard to being in the tasting room. That’s not to say she doesn’t like showing her wines to wine lovers, or working in the cellar. She just prefers working in the vineyard.
While I wait for Chiara to return from the vineyard, I smile, as I think back to what she said during one of our live streams during the pandemic. “The wine comes from the grape.” The wine comes from the grape. So simple. And so true. Wine is indeed made from grapes. And in many ways, the wine is made in the vineyard. That’s one of the reasons why Chiara’s wines are so fantastic. She spends an incredible amount of time working with the vines, doing everything she can before the harvest, giving the grapes the best shot possible at becoming excellent wines. I’ve often thought her wines remind me a little bit of her: beautiful, energetic, bold. And although the wines reflect the vintages, the quality is consistent. Every year.
The door bursts open, and Chiara comes running in. And before we know it, we’re sitting down with the 2019 Barolo’s in front of us! Every visit with Chiara is incredibly educational and informative. Her knowledge of wine and winemaking is second to none, and you are guaranteed to learn something new every time you chat with her! And I always love to hear about her new projects. I am especially excited about this new one (stay tuned)!
Chiara Boschis Barolo 2019
We’ve finally reached the “tasting note” portion. For comparison, I’ve attached my tasting notes on the 2018’s below. I think the 18’s were a bit more feminine and approachable, compared to the 19’s. This reflects the difference in the vintages, and as always the quality is consistent.
Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2019
The Cannubi is often a favorite of mine, and the 19 is no different. It’s such a beautiful wine. Aromas of red fruits, maybe a hint of strawberry? The 19 is intense, but the tannins are round. Good body with a long finish. And I think maybe I detect a hint of herbs?
Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi 2019
The Mosconi is slightly more masculine. The fruit is darker, and there is a hint of balsamic. The nose is intense. Although the tannins are more intense, they are still round. This is a wine with good body and a long finish.
Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova 2019
The Via Nuova is even more masculine than the Mosconi. The fruit is not as dark in this wine, but there is a stronger hint of balsamic. A very intense wine. The tannins are also more intense, but not overpowering.
Chiara Boschis’ 2018 Barolo’s
Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2018
I kid you not, my notes actually say “holy shit”. What a nose! Crisp, mineral, complex, rich, beautiful, feminine. There are aromas of tar and roses. Good depth and long finish. Chiara herself describes the Cannubi as “a kind wine”. And I can’t argue with that.
Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova 2018
The Via Nuova is a bit more austere. A fruity and balanced wine. I agree with Chiara that the 2018 Barolo’s are more Burgundian than other recent vintages.
Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi 2018
I guess the word I’d use about Mosconi is “more”. More complex nose, more masculine, more spices, more structure. There are also hints of orange, apricot, peach and white pepper in this wine.