E. Pira & Figli

0173/56247 Via Vittorio Veneto, 1 - 12060
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Pira is an old family of viticolturists that -between the end of '800 and the beginning of '900- became wine-producers. This prosperous patrirachal family unit declined as all its male components started to die young one after another, until the tragic end of Luigi Pira, a noble man who believed in the importance of traditions: the last one to tread the grapes and to make wine without mechanical devices. About a year after his death, his sisters, who couldn't manage the family business but were willing to carry on the tradition, sold the farm to their old friends family Boschis. Now Chiara Boschis, after a degree in Economics, manages the farm following her passion for wine and believing in this "great small farm". The output is still very small (about 12.000 bottles each year) and the wine is exclusively made from grapes grown in our vineyard ( about two and a half hectares located in Connubi, one of the best vineyards in Barolo). – Description from Kursulla

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Corvina

    History of the grape: There are 6th century written documents by Cassiodoro, a magistrate of Visigoth King Theodorus,...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Gearing up for a whirlwind tour of the who's who of Nebbiolo producers in Piedmont, I realized I would be meeting quite a few women. Nine of my 18 visits would be with or include women.  This struck me. In one generation, many of Piedmont's cellars have transitioned from conservative, male-dominated dominions. Whereas women who worked with the f... Read More

    From the article A Cultural Shift in Italian Wine

  • E Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo 2012


    With awesome aromatics that savory, complex and deep with subtle woodsy red fruit aromas, wild strawberry, camphor, and just a hint of sweet, roasted wild cherry, this is absolutely alluring on the nose. In the mouth one finds a perfect middleweight Nebiolo, perhaps a bit on the sweeter side with all the fruit, camphor, and spice, and savory co... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barbera D' Alba 2012


    A little minty from wood on the nose but that doesnt detract from the beauty of the candied red fruit gently framed with aromas of rose petals on the nose. Elegant and with perfect richness on the palate this has just the right density of fruit flesh wrapped around the acids. Theres great plum and tart red here with a juicy sweetness that remain... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2010


    Blended Bricco Sarmassa back in this vintage Big aromatic herb grasses on the nose blend with deep burnished fruit, prune in alcohol and deep burnished burnt spice. Deeper and more powerful on the palate with gorgeous dark cherry fruit that is precise and well defined with an added bit of power and ripe tannins. This is a bit dark in the mouth, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Cannubi 2010


    Fine almost sweet and slightly jammy boysenberry tinged fruit pops on the nose with wispy smoke and soil notes, a hints of tar and carob adding detail. In the mouth this is seamless, classic Cannubi, with bright acids, fine grained elegant tannins, and inner mouth perfumes of rose petals, wild cherry fruit, and gentle suggest of herbs and burnt ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Pira Dolcetto 2013


    Gorgeous freshness on the nose, all wild raspberry toned with hints of of ink, graphite minerals, and bright violet notes. This shows superb focus and energy on the nose and shows a nice hint of richness early on the palate, followed by bright and juicy wild berry fruit that has lovely purity and fine complexity with crisp fruit tannins and brig... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Enrico Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi 2001


    Tight and minty without much detail though there are some nice licorice and brewed coffee grind notes adding a touch of complexity. Soft in the mouth, this is fairly front loaded with dark, jammy strawberry fruit and a hint of cafe au lait that tapers nicely on the backend but sort of disappears on the finish. Its pleasant and even attractive bu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Langhe Nebbiolo 2011


    Vines from Ravera, only eight years old ne week fermentation at a little cooler temperature than for Barolo followed by a year in second passage barrique, Sweet fruit cake aromas greet the nose with a hint of herb and some watermelon accents. Thoroughly ripe and a bit powerful in the mouth this offers emerging wild cherry fruit, with plenty o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barbera D' Alba 2011


    From monforteOne week cool fermentation, one year second passage barrique Nice clarity on the nose which shows a bit of ivy, licorice, a hint of geranium, and tight red plum fruit. This is at once a little soft and quite powerful with beautiful clarity to the fruit. I would like to see a little more acidity but this doesn't lack for brightness... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • E. Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Barolo Via Nuova 2009


    A bit chocolatey on the nose with accents of ivy, black fruit, and carob adding detail to the rather floral and high-toned nose. Here you get lots of ripeness with an underlying vegetal freshness on the powerful entry, which is followed by deep fruit on the palate that is a touch intense and yet fresh with ripe tannins and good acidity. Comple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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