Italian Indigenous Varieties: Boschera Bianco From Veneto

This grape hails from the Colli Trevigiani, around Treviso. It is used as a blending grape in a number of wines and is most widely known in its passito version called “Torchiato di Fregona,” a wine that I have never had the pleasure of tasting.

This white grape in a passito is surely a fabulous blend of honey and apricot, and other luminous flavors. I wish I had a glass right now in fact. Few know that I am a sweet wine fanatic. More on that at another time.

Boschera is often blended with the prosecco and verdiso grapes as well. Reading through different articles, I came across this description of a wine on Kyle Phillip’s Italian Wine Review.

Phillip’s Italian Wine Review was one of the first wine publications I read while living in Italy. I used to get a hard copy in the mail, wow times have changed. I’ve saved them all though. He’s got a fantastic palate and is extremely well versed in both food and wine.

This is what he said about Carpenè Malvolti‘s

L’Arte Spumantistica Cuvée 1868 Brut 2010:

“This is a special wine developed for Italy’s 150th anniversary, from Prosecco, Verdiso, Boschera, Pinot Bianco and Incrocio Manzoni. It’s brassy white with bright brassy reflections and white rim. The bouquet is intense and complex, with citrus — orange — and apple fruit mingled with spice and some minerality, and some greenish vegetal accents as well. Nice depth and pleasingly complex in a young key. On the palate it’s full, with bright mineral laced apple fruit that gains direction from some sour lemon acidity and is supported by creamy pepperiness form sparkle, and flows into a clean bright sour apple finish with underlying peppery notes and sea salt. Pleasant, and will work nicely as an aperitif or with the meal; it’s not quite as bright as some of the others but displays a little more depth.”

Nicely done. I hope to try “Torchiato di Fregona” in short order.

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