Founded in 1761, Borgogno is the oldest continuously operating winery in Barolo. Cesare Borgogno expanded the winery’s production in the 1920s and commercial success followed as he became one of the first winemakers from Piedmont to ship wines abroad. He also implemented an impressive “wine library” at the estate. To this day, half of the Barolo production is held back, only to be released 20 years later. In the 1960s, Franco Boschis took over as manager until the Farinetti family bought the estate in 2008. Under Andrea Farinetti’s leadership, organic conversion was initiated and the winery began using only cement vats for fermentation, a return to the original winemaking style. All the wines are made at the estate’s winemaking facility in Barolo village in an underground network of historic fermentation and aging rooms. Made with long maceration times and minimal intervention, the wines are renowned for their traditional style and long-term aging potential, a favourite of Italian wine professionals and collectors.
This vino is a bold, rich but supple Barbera, which happens to be Piemonte’s most planted grape variety. If you’re looking for power, purity and pleasurability look no further. A great example of highly drinkable Barbera, displaying morello cherry, blackberry and violets on the nose to palate with soft velvety tannins and a balanced line of acidity.
92 Points, Gary Walsh, Wine Front