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1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 8010999 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector; Consignor is second owner

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$155
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PRODUCER

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli

Borgogno was established in 1761 in Barolo, in Italy’s Piedmont region. It enjoyed an excellent reputation in the 19th century and was the official wine supplier for the dinner in 1861 celebrating Italy’s unification. In the early 20th century Cesare Borgogno exported to North and South America and in the 1960s the family changed the name of the company from Borgogno to Giacomo Borgogno e Figli to reflect the newer generations coming into the business. In 2008 the company was bought by the Farinetti family and the new owners made significant improvements to the cellars. Today the estate includes 60 acres in Barolo and the estate’s flagship wines are its Barolos, though it also makes Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.