Barolo Docg Fossati
Type RED Vintage 2012 Region Piedmont Producer Borgogno Wine Advocate 92 Wine Spectator - Available: 7
The 2012 Barolo Fossati is slightly more inward-looking and introspective compared to the other cru expressions presented this vintage. The Fossati vineyard is characterized by sandy soils and the wines made here veer towards extreme elegance and finesse. Indeed, this Barolo walks with light footsteps. The bouquet releases wild berry fruit, white cherry and dry licorice root. The wine will take on more volume and power as it continues its bottle evolution.- Wine Advocate
Founded in 1761 by Bartolomeo Borgogno it is one of the oldest cellars in the Langhe region.
The history of the estate goes back over 250 years and is tied closely to major cultural events of the country. The wine of Borgogno was served at a dinner to celebrate the Unity of Italy in 1861.
Borgogno owns 20 hectares in total. 16 hectares are vineyards and the remaining 4 hectares are covered with forest. 60% of the vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo.
The grapes used in Borgogno wines come from the Grand Cru vineyards of Barolo. Their vineyards are in Cannubi, Liste, Fossati, Cannubi San Lorenzo and San Pietro Delle Viole.
Borgogno used to only produce cuvee bottlings as they felt a blended wine showed more complexity and integration. They produced the first Cru bottled wine in 2007. Today they have 3 Cru wines: Liste, Cannubi, and Fossati. Long maceration times are preferred and they usually last 25-30 days. Fermentation occurs in concrete tanks and lasts 15 days. Malolactic fermentation is completed in February. Aging of the wines is in large oak casks.
Borgogno ages all their Barolo in Slavonian Oak casks called Botte. Each botte is 15-20 years old and holds 4,500 liters. The Barolo is aged at least 4 years in oak while the Barolo Riserva ages for 6 years. Once in the bottle the traditional style Barolo can age for at least another 30 years.
The significance of Oscar Farinetti's acquisition of Borgogno is impossible to overestimate: although much loved by connoisseurs of the classic understated style of Barolo, in truth the great old house had been in decline for many years.
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