Saturday 1 July 2023

A Couple Of Days In Piedmont - Visit To Francesco Borgogno

Arrived earlier today, a quick stop at the apartment I rented, then directly to the first visit. 
The estate consists of 8 ha and they produce ca 45.000 bottles per year. 1958 was there first vintage with the Francesco Borgogno name on the label. They started to vinify Brunate separately in 1986.

The only bottle I have previous tasted from the estate is a 1993 - Barolista: Friday Dinner Barolo - 1993 Barolo Vigneti Brunate, Francesco Borgogno.

Silvia took great care of me and poured these wines.

2021 Barbera d´Alba
The grapes comes from Monforte. The nose is pure, plummy and a tad rich with notes of licorice, ripe raspberries and herbs.
The taste is warm and nicely structured with a good acidity and nice raspberry fruit. 
87p   (tasted 2023/07)

2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
La Morra grapes. A cool, refined nose with notes of red cherries, fresh flowers and smoke. Very good.
The taste is young, fresh and tight with nice red fruit and silky tannins. A good length. 4+ years.
88p   (tasted 2023/07)

40+ years old Garbeletto casks

2019 Barolo Brunate
This is a beauty with a open, floral nose with notes of dried flowers, shoecream and dried cherries. Very fine in a lovely old school way.
The taste is medium bodied and perfumed with notes of paint, mint and dried up cherry liquor. Long and fine. 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2023/07)

2018 Barolo Castellero
This is the first vintage of the the estates Castellero. Deeper and darker than the Brunate, it displays notes of black cherries, hints of chocolate, bonfire smoke and some violets. Very, very good.
The taste is structured and tight with silky tannins, ripe black cherries and long forest floor filled finish. Needs time, 8+ years.
92p   (tasted 2023/07)

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