Conti’s spellbinding Boca “il rosso delle donne” (“the red from the women”) combines notes of wild mountain berries and ripe, sappy black cherries with lifting acidity and a finely wrought, multilayered minerality that is both detailed and imposing—like classical sculpture in its equilibrium of heft and subtlety. Rarely will one encounter a Nebbiolo-based wine that so deftly combines such harmonious drinkability with such a tightly structured elemental latticework, and this wine should drink beautifully at every stage of its long life.
Attracting the most glory, prestige and fame to the Piedmont region, Nebbiolo in all of its expressions—Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Ghemme and Gattinara—creates a complex wine, truly unique for its delicate qualities combined with strength and a great potential to improve over time.
But Nebbiolo isn’t all there is to red wine from Piedmont! Barbera is the most planted variety and historically most popular as a dependable, food-friendly, everyday wine.
Beyond these two, a surprising number of red varieties call Piedmont their home. Worth a try include Dolcetto for its bold concentration and aromas of spice cake. Other grapes to investigate include Freisa, Croatina, Brachetto, Grignolino and Pelaverga.