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Bovio Barolo Gattera 2016  - First Bottle


94+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The Bovio 2016 Barolo Gattera (with just 3,400 bottles released) is a true beauty. The Gattera cru in La Morra is planted to 70-year-old vines. Half the vineyard was ripped out in 2019 and was replanted earlier this year, but this vintage is made entirely from old vines. There is a touch of ripeness here, you almost taste the grape skins, but you also get rich and enduring aromas of red cherry, plum, spice and iron-rich soil. The wine's balance is impressive, albeit on the powerful side. This bottle is a good candidate for cellar aging.
94 James Suckling -
A fruitier 2016 from this producer with orange peel, plums and hints of strawberries. Full body, firm and creamy tannins and a delicious finish. Shows lots of fruit. Drinkable now, but better after 2021.
92 Wine Enthusiast -
Woodland-berry, iris and crushed mint aromas take center stage on this elegant, fragrant red. The vibrant, medium-bodied palate offers succulent black cherry, raspberry compote and star anise framed in polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2023–2028.

Technical Details

  • BlendNebbiolo
  • WinemakerMatteo Franchi
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarolo
  • VineyardGattera
  • Alcohol14%

Bovio Barolo Gattera 2016

Nebbiolo  |  Italy
WA94+, JS94, WE92

23% off retail!
Act Fast, Only 37 Left!

Want to have your mind blown by lunch or dinner? Go to the restaurant at Bovio, perched on a cliff in gorgeous La Morra, with a bottle of their killer, still-generally-under-the-radar wine. It is PERFECTION (and try the truffle menu).

All that aside, this 3rd generation winery with an ancient hillside cellar is only just starting to attract the attention it deserves, thus our drop-dead killer price. But the secret IS out as the last several vintages have been out-of-this-world! Don’t miss this offering -- the greatest vintage in 20 years is upon us! Wow!

The Gattera cru, in La Morra, is named for an enormous cedar that crowns its summit at about 300 meters, has a south to southwest alignment and produces a brooding, purely fruited but savory style of Barolo, perfumed, finessed, almost Burgundian-like in their vivid cherry fruit expression. Bovio's parcel of Gattera is from 70-year-old vines! Beautiful tea, very ripe red cherry and strawberry, citrus, balsam, and a long life ahead make this an utter steal at our price -- read all the critical acclaim below, but HURRY!

We have about 15 cases and that’s IT! Amazing!

PAIRING IDEAS: Want to get authentic? Then you must make vitello tonnato. It’s thin sliced veal, with a creamy tuna sauce. I know, sounds funky, but it’s killer if you’re cool getting out of your comfort zone a bit. Too shy? Try a classic pasta dish with fresh or preserved truffles. Easy-peasy.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: R.E.M.’s “Out Of Time”. Plenty of boppy tunes and some serious ones, too, like “Belong” and “Low”, a good mix to contemplate while you cook!

About the Producer

Bovio is a small company located in the heart of the Barolo area. The Bovio family, originally from the Annunziata, has reached the third generation of producers. Gianfranco Bovio, in the 70s, began to take care of the farms of his father Alessandro, renovating the old cellar and dedicating himself, passionately, to the production of wines from his own vineyards which extend over an area of 8.5 hectares. Now Alessandra with her husband Marco Boschiazzo continue, with equal enthusiasm, the family tradition with the collaboration of the winemaker Matteo Franchi and Robert Tofan at the reception. The company's philosophy is firmly based on respect for the tradition and characteristics of the territory starting from the careful work in the vineyards up to the refinement in large oak barrels.