E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis)
E. Pira & Figli (Chiari Boschis) is a small wine estate in Barolo. It makes a range of single-vineyard Nebbiolo wines from several of the Barolo crus, as well as a Barbera d'Alba and a Dolcetto d'Alba.
The original estate consisted of just 2.5 hectares (6 acres) of vineyards – mostly in the Cannubi and Cannnubi San Lorenzo cru vineyards. These two vineyards supply fruit for the estate's Barolo Cannubi wine and its Barbera d'Alba. The remaining half-hectare is in Via Nuova (on the Terlo hill), providing grapes for another single-vineyard Barolo.
In 2009, the estate acquired a 4-ha (10-acre) property at Conterni in Monforte d'Alba. This vineyard is planted with younger vines that are eventually destined for Barolo, but for now are vinified as Langhe Nebbiolo. It also provides fruit for the Dolcetto d'Alba.
The E. Pira & Figli winery is located on a square in the town of Barolo. The grapes are fermented in temperature-regulated stainless steel tanks with automated punch-downs. The Barolos are aged in new French oak barriques for two years, followed by a year in bottle before release. The Barbera spends 18 months in second-use oak, and Dolcetto matures in third-use wood for eight months.
The name of the current owner-winemaker, Chiara Boschis, features prominently on the label of E. Pira & Figli's wine labels. This is to reduce any chance of confusion with the other Barolo producers Pira and Pira Luigi.