Vallepicciola BOSCOBRUNO Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) 2018


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Pinot Noir is a challenging grape variety for may producers and it’s not often that we find truly great examples in Italy, where it’s called Pinot Nero. This is definitely one of those rare times when we have discovered an Italian Pinot Noir masterpiece. We absolutely love this one!

This delicious barrel aged red is a bold brick red colour. It opens with cherries, strawberries, cloves, leather, liquorice and floral notes. There is a very smooth, velvety soft mouthfeel. Medium body, medium tannin, dry with a lovely fresh acidity. Balsamic, raspberry, liquorice, cocoa and vanilla on the palate, with a rediculously persistent plum, vanilla, clove aftertaste on the finish. Very well integrated oak. There is great structure, with layers of complexity and viscosity in the glass.

This is an extremely high quality Pinot Noir, aged in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and 12 months in the bottle. Very small production from only 2.76 hectares on South facing slopes at 400 Metres.

Even the quality of the heavy glass bottle and depth of the punt (the deepest we’ve ever seen!) reflects the extremely high quality of the wine.

Great for winter as it’s not as light in body as many Pinot Noir, but would also be winderful served slightly chilled in summer.

The name ‘BOSCO BRUNO’ literally means ‘Brown Wood’ thus the trees illustrated on the label.

Food pairings: Mushroom dishes, Poultry, Veal, Duck, Boef Bourguignon. Cured meats,  Cheeses with earthy, mushroom and herbal flavours will make for a great matching, particularly an aged Camembert style cheese.

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Production Area:
Boscobruno vineyard, 2.76 hectares facing south-west at 400 Metres. Pievasciata, Castelnuovo Berardenga
Soil: Limestone and clay with presence of galestro and alberese. 
Cultivation system:
Alcohol content: 14% vol


REGION: Tuscany (Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI))
TYPE: Red wine
GRAPE: Pinot Noir 100%
SHELF LIFE: 20 Years
Alcoholic fermentation and maceration in
stainless steel tanks for 7-10 days under controlled
temperature; malolactic fermentation in French oak
barriques for 8-10 months. 12 months ageing in the bottle.


Nestled in the rolling hills of Chianti Classico, at 10 minutes from Siena, our 105-hectars estate vineyards have been planted selecting the best area for each of our Sangiovese, Pinot Nero, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc e Chardonnay.

The history of Vallepicciola began in 1999, when the businessman Bruno Bolfo and his sister Giuseppina, originally from Liguria, decided to renovate an old nunnery, abandoned for decades, which was located near their country house in Pievasciata, small village close to Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometers from Siena. Today the convent is the wonderful 5-star Hotel Le Fontanelle that attracts tourists from all over the world, thanks to a unique, elegant structure and a special attention to every detail. The Vallepicciola farm was born near the hotel, which today produces 12 wines using only its own grapes, as well as vin santo, grappa and olive oil.

Vallepicciola is located on the eastern side of Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the province of Siena.

Owned by the Bolfo family, it has 24 full-time employees, coordinated by CEO Alberto Colombo. The consultant winemaker is Riccardo Cotarella, while the cellar manager is Erasmo Mazzone. Guardian of the vineyards, as an agronomist, is Francesco Beni. The estate, 265 hectares among woods, vines and olive trees of Moraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio varieties, enjoys a mild microclimate, the ideal condition for wine production: the hectares under vineyards are currently 105, with a major presence of the king of the Tuscan vines, Sangiovese, intended mainly for the production of Chianti Classico, and even
international varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay, used for IGT Toscana wines.

Spread over the hilly areas to the left of the Arbia river, the vineyards were selected and planted following and supporting the composition of the soils and areas, in which amalgamations of clay, limestone marl, bluish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand alternate. The great variability of the soils gives richness, elegance and uniqueness to the wines that come to life in Vallepicciola.

The company philosophy is in fact closely linked to its terroir: the principle is that the wines must be a unique expression of their land, climate and work done in the vineyard, and that the vineyard management has to be carried on with a sustainable approach, to be bequeathed to future generations.

Year after year Vallepicciola is reducing both use of herbicides, with the aim of reaching zero in the next two years (2021-2022), and treatments in the vineyard, in order to preserve the environment and produce wines more healthy, genuine and tasty.

Since 2017, with the help of Wine Research Team, managed by the oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and AGER, spin off of University of Milan, Vallepicciola has been pursuing a better and more scientific management of agricultural activities, all of which are within the field of precision agriculture, in order to make an important saving of water, energy and time. Thanks also to the new photovoltaic system located on the roof of the building, the winery today is largely energy self-sufficient.



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