1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barbaresco Riserva


  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barbaresco
Drink between 2004 - 2026 (Edit)
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Label borrowed from 1969
Label borrowed from 1982
Label borrowed from 1988

Community Tasting Notes 11

  • Amberissey Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 2, 2021 - Woodsmoke, flowers (rose), cranberry, charred meat, cured meat, truffle. What a complex nose. Raspberry and cranberry on the attack. Flowers on the mid palate. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I get some crisp Braeburn apple on the finish. Also like chewing on a Christmas tree twig with the pine needles, sap oozing out. Also balsamic. This is so complex, I’m not experienced enough for it. Tingly acidity. Massively long. Still a little tannin. Absolutely magnificent.

  • paintinginacave Likes this wine: 96 points

    October 1, 2021 - Stood up for seven days. One hour slow oxidation followed by a three hour decant. A medium garnet core fading to a pale garnet outer edge. Kaleidoscopically complex and layered aromas of black truffle, hung game, charcuterie, charred red meat, damp hedgerow, aged balsamic, light caramel, tar, white campfire smoke, dried red flowers, cranberry, boysenberry, and black cherries explode from the glass. The palate delivers the same stunning levels of complexity as the nose and exhibits an intensely deep, savoury character of grilled red meat - not at all unlike great northern Rhône - that’s superbly carpeted by sweet red fruits and wild red berries, floral notes of dried roses, and a deep, elemental, granitic tar minerality. Texturally silken and velveteen with incredible persistence on the finish. It’s no exaggeration at all to say that this is a wine not only of profound layers and remarkable complexity but of true dimensions.

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  • aagrawal wrote: 96 points

    November 11, 2020 - Stood up for 6 months before opening with sediment still in the last ~2 oz in the bottle. Light ruby with age-appropriate significant bricking; high intensity aromatics with strawberry, mulch, roses, aged tamari, cinnamon; palate is light bodied, tannins still present but elegant and integrated, low alcohol (13.5% on bottle), high acidity in balance, tertiary fruit that never dries out through the palate, plenty of soy and umami flavors; finish is medium-plus, clean, and balanced. It lacks the magic of my 1st bottle (there are no great wines, only great bottles...), but it's still showing quite well and with incredible balance and lovely complexity. I have one more bottle with no rush to drink it, though I'll drink it soon. For ~$170, this is quite good "value". 96

  • akoe Likes this wine: 96 points

    October 11, 2020 - This was my second bottle and although I didn’t take notes last time I’ve had it about 1.5 years ago, this bottle was quite a notch better. Slow oxed for about 6 hours, followed by a 2 hour decant. It needed all the air it was given. Very interesting nose of rose petals, iron, cedar wood, cherries, and blood orange. Refined palate with fully resolved tannins and medium acidity. Flavors of iron, blood, red berries, red cherries, and a hint of italian herbs. Long finish. What a treat, finding a bottle in perfect shape.

  • rocknroller wrote: 95 points

    December 9, 2016 - Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (I Nonni, St. Paul, MN): Medium crimson red color, moderately cloudy, with a 3-4mm bricked margin. PNP, drank 1 + glass over 2.5 hours. Another really nice bottle following one Siggy brought about a year and a half ago. Not quite as absolutely ethereal, but simply wonderful. I love the complexity and perfume here, just a ton of potpourri and dried floral notes, earthy, red fruits, plenty in minerality - a suggestion of iodine, but a bit different I would say, a touch of roast meat, orange peel, and leather. The palate is medium bodied and quite fine, crushed red cherry, cranberry, orange peel, leather, dried earth, porcini mushroom, and some graphite on the deep finish. This was getting better all night long. There was a bit of a lull an hour in where I thought it might fade, and then it took off again. If I had the chance, I would have decanted this off the sediment and used cheese cloth as well. As Chablis28 noted. It is important to try to pour these the same way to avoid stirring up the sediment. With the amount of fine sediment here, I think it was still going to be comewhat murky anyway.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1971
  • Type Red
  • Producer Giacomo Borgogno & Figli
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation Riserva
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Langhe
  • Appellation Barbaresco

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (6%)
  • In Cellars 47 (55%)
  • Consumed 33 (39%)

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