2017 Piane le Piane

2017 Piane le Piane


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This is a fantastic bottling from the oldest and best situated Croatina vines (upper steep terraces) in the Montalbano-Castella vineyeards, over 100+ years old. Antonio sort of made a linguistic boob calling this bottling the Croatina, because its name is actually called Le Piane, even though it made with a majority of Croatina (with a smidge of Vespolina, Nebbiolo, and a few other local indigenous varieties). Christoph offered me up to 10cs of this 2016, the last of his stock, so…….get it while the gettin’ is good……

“We have discovered the forgotten richness of the local Croatina grape. We undertook the challenging task of selecting grapes from the best very old vineyards, of up to 100 years old, on high hill sides (500m) around the Montalbano, Traversagna and Santuario areas to develop a wine with tremendous character. This wine is aged in tonneaux and large wooden barrels for 2 years. As our contribution to the new interpretation and refining of the traditional grape variety in Boca, we christened the winegrowing estate “Le Piane”. The wine is very concentrated and shows notes of blackberry, cherry, tobacco and spices. The dense substance gives a velvety and mineral finish. A wine which can refine in bottles for up to 10 years.” -Christoph

“The 2016 Croatina emerges from old vines in one of the most distinctive sites in Alto Piemonte. Dense, pliant and explosive, the 2016 is loaded with dark red cherry and plum fruit. Unctuous, deep and voluptuous in feel, but also classically built, the 2016 is a wine of tremendous character. I loved it. Wow.” 93 Antonio Galloni