Giacomo Borgogno & Figli

Riserva Barolo Nebbiolo

9.2629 ratings
9.2199 pro ratings
Barolo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo
Lamb, Goose, Potato, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Beef, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Veal, White Rice, Herbs, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Pork, Game, Exotic Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
John Riddick

Holy smokes!!! What a treat! This was made the year before my parents were born. Very light in color, tannin and acidity still present. Raisin, potpourri, earth.

Holy smokes!!! What a treat! This was made the year before my parents were born. Very light in color, tannin and acidity still present. Raisin, potpourri, earth.

Jan 15th, 2022
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.2

In a beautiful spot at the moment. Classics don’t fail.

In a beautiful spot at the moment. Classics don’t fail.

Jan 3rd, 2022
Chris McClellan

Delicate nose, sound color...all players still singing...tannin ✅ acid ✅ ...sandalwood, slightly balsamic, dried earth and floral ✅ ..awesome

Delicate nose, sound color...all players still singing...tannin ✅ acid ✅ ...sandalwood, slightly balsamic, dried earth and floral ✅ ..awesome

Apr 16th, 2021
Jay Kline

I was given this bottle as a birthday gift from some close friends a couple of years back. Last night, we had them over for a holiday dinner and figured now would be just as good a time as any to open and enjoy with them! I pulled the cork about two hours prior to dinner, just to give it some time to breath. Deep ruby color with quite a bit of sediment present; about to be expected considering it has over two decades of age. The nose is quite expressive with a whole hedge of roses, red cherry fruit, some tar and tobacco too. On the palate, tart red cherries, balsamico, earth, mushrooms and herbs. I think the age has probably softened this up a bit however, plenty of structure remains. I would say this Borgogno Riserva is enjoying a really nice, mid-life drinking window but should drink well for at least another decade and possibly longer.

I was given this bottle as a birthday gift from some close friends a couple of years back. Last night, we had them over for a holiday dinner and figured now would be just as good a time as any to open and enjoy with them! I pulled the cork about two hours prior to dinner, just to give it some time to breath. Deep ruby color with quite a bit of sediment present; about to be expected considering it has over two decades of age. The nose is quite expressive with a whole hedge of roses, red cherry fruit, some tar and tobacco too. On the palate, tart red cherries, balsamico, earth, mushrooms and herbs. I think the age has probably softened this up a bit however, plenty of structure remains. I would say this Borgogno Riserva is enjoying a really nice, mid-life drinking window but should drink well for at least another decade and possibly longer.

Dec 18th, 2020
Conrad Green

Still quite intense. Savory. Plum, tomato? In good shape

Still quite intense. Savory. Plum, tomato? In good shape

Nov 26th, 2020
Conrad Green

A little bricking on the edges but the nose is very pure. Shows it’s age but not defeated at all- there’s dried cherry and some leather on the nose. The midpalate fleshes out over hours in glass. It’s lean, translucent, medium bodied but still quite pure and fine. Notes of tea, dried roses, kombucha. There’s little actual decay here- it’s showing age but aging at a glacial pace. You need to love this kind of wine but I do when they’re in this shape. Very good.

A little bricking on the edges but the nose is very pure. Shows it’s age but not defeated at all- there’s dried cherry and some leather on the nose. The midpalate fleshes out over hours in glass. It’s lean, translucent, medium bodied but still quite pure and fine. Notes of tea, dried roses, kombucha. There’s little actual decay here- it’s showing age but aging at a glacial pace. You need to love this kind of wine but I do when they’re in this shape. Very good.

Apr 26th, 2020
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.6

Perfume! Plums and cassis. Spice. Tar and roses. Unity.

Perfume! Plums and cassis. Spice. Tar and roses. Unity.

Jan 31st, 2020
Shun Kikuchi

Elegant. Brick with Orange rim. Taste like old Bourgogne, slightly closed bouquet and dark berries, forest floor and umami. Dry, mid lingering acidity and vervety tannin. By the glass then couldn’t see exact vintage but possibly 10 yrs +. Dried flowers, not tar I felt.

Elegant. Brick with Orange rim. Taste like old Bourgogne, slightly closed bouquet and dark berries, forest floor and umami. Dry, mid lingering acidity and vervety tannin. By the glass then couldn’t see exact vintage but possibly 10 yrs +. Dried flowers, not tar I felt.

Aug 13th, 2019
"Odedi"

This is a great experience of drinking a 34 year old Barolo.

Showing black fruits with earth, forest floor, vinaigrette, forest floor, green vegetables, light wood, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

Nice finish with spices, grippy tannins and tangy cranberries.

Right out of the bottle, it is big and elegant with grippy tannins. As it opens up, it losses some fruit, but still drinkable. The drinking window is very short (about 20 minutes).

In September 2007 (that's 22 years after picking the grapes), this bottle was decanted by the producer, to remove the sediments, and then topped off again with wine from the same 1985 vintage, and recocked again with a new cork.
So special, isn't it?

Showing great complexity and a unique mouthfeel.

Thank you, Keith for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 Points.

This is a great experience of drinking a 34 year old Barolo.

Showing black fruits with earth, forest floor, vinaigrette, forest floor, green vegetables, light wood, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

Nice finish with spices, grippy tannins and tangy cranberries.

Right out of the bottle, it is big and elegant with grippy tannins. As it opens up, it losses some fruit, but still drinkable. The drinking window is very short (about 20 minutes).

In September 2007 (that's 22 years after picking the grapes), this bottle was decanted by the producer, to remove the sediments, and then topped off again with wine from the same 1985 vintage, and recocked again with a new cork.
So special, isn't it?

Showing great complexity and a unique mouthfeel.

Thank you, Keith for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 Points.

May 27th, 2019
Conrad Green

Dark soft fruit. Leather, dark sour plum, soy, dried herbs, dark cherry, a hint of tomato. Very pure and still lively. Excellent.

Dark soft fruit. Leather, dark sour plum, soy, dried herbs, dark cherry, a hint of tomato. Very pure and still lively. Excellent.

May 18th, 2019