1958 Barolo Riserva

September 22, 2014

Name:Barolo Riserva
Vintage:1958
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Region:Italy / Piedmont / Langhe / Barolo/ Barolo

Leathery and nutty with a layer of balsamic and madera. Loud tertiary aromas leading the way, but layers of secondary and primary are still evident. Faded, thin, but still evident. Still alive, but definitely over the hill in terms of precision and balance. I can only speculate that evolution is advanced due to merely good (vs. ideal) history of storage. Typically reclusive, dusty and dry Borgogno style.

1964 Barolo Riserva

September 22, 2014

Name:Barolo Riserva
Vintage:1964
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Region:Italy / Piedmont / Langhe / Barolo/ Barolo

This bottle was in the best condition of the line-up. Great balance. Not only the façade is sophisticated, intricate and extremely pleasing, but also, underneath it, is the masterpiece of a frame. Ripe, but assertive tannins. Super acidity. Elegant. Clean lines. The fruit is more present, which provides a better balance to the secondary and tertiary aromas and adds in perceived complexity. The color is clean, saturated and is deep enough to really surprise if this is the first old Barolo of such kind for you. This one also had signs of slight daydreaming or mild absentmindedness. An endearing imperfection, but at this age it separates the good one from great ones.

1971 Barolo Riserva

September 22, 2014

Name:Barolo Riserva
Vintage:1971
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Region:Italy / Piedmont / Langhe / Barolo/ Barolo

Storage issues. Not dead, but quite cooked & maderized.

1961 Barolo Riserva

August 22, 2014

Name:Barolo Riserva
Vintage:1961
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo
Producer:Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
Region:Italy / Piedmont / Langhe / Barolo/ Barolo

Bigger and little less dimensional than the ’58, but at the same time it is more focused. Showing age, but in a proper way. Tertiary / oxidative notes are reasonable and in check. The palate is pleasantly sharper. Not only in the acidity aspect, but overall it felt more gathered. Darker and broody, with tar and truffle well intertwined with dark vs. red fruit (think cherry). It was definitely the loudest of the four.