2011 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo (Previously $50)

SKU #1244554 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas and flavors of plums, chocolate and light prune. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a savory finish.  (9/2015)

91 points Vinous

 The 2011 Barolo Neirane is a lovely, mid-weight wine that captures plenty of Verduno personality in its lifted, perfumed aromatics and bright, finely sculpted fruit. Sweet tobacco, amaro herbs, anise, dried flowers and cherry pit are all laced together in an attractive, gracious Barolo that will drink well now and for at least another handful of years. This is a strong showing from Bosco Agostino. (AG)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Enticing aromas of red rose, wild red berry and aromatic herb lead the way. The palate offers dried berry, grilled herb, mocha and toast alongside assertive tannins and nervous acidity. Give this a few years for the tannins to unfold. Drink after 2020. (KO)  (2/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Verduno. Just mid ruby with bright orange rim. Herbal on the nose with hints of cherry and raspberry. Supple, elegant mouthfeel and then almost Serralunga-like, firm tannins embedded in ripe, tangy strawberry fruit. Quite spectacular. 16.5+/20 points. (WS)  (6/2015)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
This wine over delivers Barolo for its price. The first sniff is all Nebbiolo, aromatic high toned drying red fruits, floral tones, leather, spice, and savory elements; that's Barolo. That is I needed with this variety everything else afterwards is gravy for me. The palate it med bodied it has all the tannin and acid that you would expect from a wine from the appellation and all of those great aromatics are echoed here. This is a great deal for complex accessible Barolo.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
I vacillated back and forth between the La Serra and the Neirane. Both had such sleek classically composed structure and fruit and both were a bit hard to resist. The Neirane was a panoply of macerated fruits ranging from strawberry to red plum. Picking up the more floral qualities of Nebbiolo, this has wonderful potpourri aromas and finishes with cocoa and lead pencil notes. The tannins are fine grained and the palate is harmonious. This is a tremendous treat and at such a great price it's hard not to add a few Barolos of either bottling to your collection.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2016 | Send Email
Bosco's 2011 Neirane is made from Nebbiolo planted in Barolo's lesser known commune of Verduno where the soils are quite sandy and the resulting wines are generally more elegant and perfumed. This wine opens with an attractive array of red fruits, dried florals, minerals and a touch of oak spicing and delivers unexpected power and weight considering its origins. It's delicious now and will drink nicely over the next few years.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2016 | Send Email
The 2010 Neirane was last year’s powerhouse surprise; this vintage’s warmer feel has softened the 2010’s boldness and made it drinkable now. The nose is deep, red fruit tinged with hints of woodsy, leather and tea; on the palate this wine has powerful structure but it only matches the bold flavors, deep plumy, chocolaty richness coat your mouth while the finish amplifies the nose with more leather, porcini and again ends of dark chocolate.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2016 | Send Email
This wine’s perfume is pure nebbiolo: raspberry fruit and dried rose petals with a touch of tobacco and lots of cedar, bursting with sweet fruit, tar, minerals, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. This wine will drink well now and over the next few years, best with the heartiest meats or stews.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.