Following the passing of the iconic Gigi Pira in 1980, Chiara Boschis convinced her family to take on the E. Pira winery, with Chiara having now helmed the estate since 1990. It was hardly the Boschis’ first foray into winemaking, with the family having founded Giacomo Borgogno, another estate in Barolo, in 1761. Despite being involved in the Borgogno operations growing up, convention of the times was for females not to be involved in the winemaking. Chiara had different plans, and from her very beginnings of E. Pira & Figli she was clearly striving to make changes including shorter ferments and use of small French oak barrels, in place of the large traditional oak vats of classical Barolo producers. The response to her work has been resounding acclaim. Her Langhe Nebbiolo is soured from a vineyard of young vines, which will later be ‘elevated’ to produce wines of Barolo quality, and includes 20% of a lesser-known clone called Nebbiolo Rose which adds greater aromatics and body to the wine. It spends 12 months in small French oak barrels, exemplifying the ‘modern’ approach to Barolo Chiara is taking, which rounds out the wine without losing its aromatic lift of violets and roses across a core of red fruits.