In his late teens, Davide Carlone (born 1968) worked a 1ha, old-vine Boca vineyard that was one of only three hectares still in existence. In this tiny appellation that once flourished, little remains of the once prolific vineyards that thrived pre-phylloxera. To understand how the landscape of Boca and neighboring Lessona, Gheme and Gattinara appeared in that era, simply replace these now mostly wooded hills with the vast vineyard extensions of the Langhe today. In fact, in that era the tables of Nebbiolo production were reversed with Upper Piedmont as the epicenter.
Crafting natural wines, Carlone has been the guiding light of Boca, offering advice and growing for others while the appellation slowly gained traction. Today, he keeps a bit more of his grapes and finished wines for himself. The Croatina spends a year in cask and the Boca nearly four, with minimal racking. Both Croatina and Nebbiolo are utterly unique expressions when grown in Boca, in part because the soils and bedrock are primarily volcanic porphyry, which is an appellation specific trait because the hills of Boca are the remnant of a once active volcano.
The BOCA is a DOC wine that is produced, by law, only in the province of Novara, more precisely in the municipality of Boca, Maggiora, Cavallirio, Prato Sesia and Grignasco; for a total of just 700 hectares of vineyards.
Here vines are rooted in a rocky and rugged terrain, of volcanic origin, which has been able to give its grapes that saline wealth that makes the BOCA a particular wine unique. The vines, in turn, have mitigated the harshness of the landscape giving it an almost Mediterranean, because of the cultivation in terraces and those characteristic local stone walls scattered among the pathways system.
The BOCA born from the vinification of Nebbiolo, Bonarda Novarese, Vespolina and Uva Rara and the placing on the market, must meet specific characteristics as indicated by the decree of July 18, 1969.
Must possess specific properties about: color, bright ruby red with hints of orange and the smell, a quaint and pleasant scent of violets, and flavor,fruity, dry, harmonious with pomegranate aftertaste.
The 'aging requires three years of which at least two in oak or chestnut, the wine is then stabilized and bottled.