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Borgogno Barolo tasting at Rheingau Gourmet festival – in between tradition and modernity

Andrea Farinetti, the winemaker at Giacomo Borgogno e Figli  is only 22 years old. The estate however, which his family bought in 2008, was founded back in 1761. What a contrast! And somehow all is said: at Borgogno both tradition and modernity are very important. Tradition translates through the use of big Slavonian oak casks as opposed to new, smaller Barriques and also through a very late release of the wines, as to prevent disappointment with wines that might be opened too early. On the other hand there’s modernity which probably shows in the pragmatism that each vintage demands from the winemakers and the implementation of modern findings into the vineyard work.

At the Rheingau Gourmet festival we were lucky to attend  a tasting of 8 Borgogno wines with the comments of Andrea Farinetti and his colleague from the marketing side of the estate. The tasting was held at Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung, a Riesling and Pinot estate in Hattenheim within the Rheingau region. Here are my tasting notes: Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Barolo,Italy

2007 Nebbiolo, Azienda Agr. Molino, Langhe

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Klassisches ist manchmal langweilig. Doch wenn es sich um Klassisches aus dem Piemont handelt, dann ist es meisstens etwas schönes. Und damit meine ich natürlich die klassisch ausgebauten Nebbiolo-Weine, die im Gegensatz zu den modernen Marmelade-aus-dem-Barrique-Fass-Weinen, der genialen altehrwürdigen Doktrine des Barolo aus dem grossen gebrauchten Holzfass entsprechen. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Italy

2003 Il Favot, Poderi Aldo Conterno, Piemont

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As many wines, this one also has its story. Aldo Conterno‘s Il Favot usually contains Nebbiolo stemming from younger vines (less than 20 years old) and is meant to be a deeply coloured but smooth and thus easy to drink Piemont-wine. But with the 2003 vintage, it actually is a downgraded Barolo. The whole story which created a certain hype around this wine is Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Barolo,Italy
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