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Weinhandel Brigitte Rau EUR 139.00 750ml
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Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva 1958

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90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 1958 Borgogno Barolo Riserva showed dramatically better than my most recent bottle of the 1964 (which must have been an 'off' example, as I had previously quite liked the ‘64), as the wine retains very good balance and structural integrity at age fifty-two. The nose is deep, complex and quite tertiary at this stage in its evolution, as it wafts from the glass in a mélange of dried cherries, orange rind, forest floor, onion skin, gamebirds a lovely base of soil tones and a touch of curry in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with fine resolution to its structural elements, good depth at the core and fine length and grip on the fully mature finish. There is a certain noble rusticity here that is quite enjoyable. I should note that I tasted a bottle of this wine a couple of years ago that seemed to have been topped up at the winery with some younger juice prior to release, and which I did not rate at the time (despite it being very tasty), as it no longer seemed to really be an example of the 1958 vintage. But this was not the issue with this most recent bottle, which was lovely. 2010-2025. (Sep/Oct 2010)

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Editorial Reviews for Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,804
4.00 5
10/20/2008

There are many versions of this wine, this being a true red capsule original release showed beautifully resolved but still with a solid core of red fruits. The acidity is just beginning to be a touch prominent, especially on the finish but there is solid length here and real finesse. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,804
4.00 5
10/20/2008

Now we get into a different wine. I do not k now what has happened with this wine. It was purchased from a very reputable source and at that time I was told it was purchased concurrently with several lots of 1978 barolo that I had also purchased. Thus this red capsule "original release" was probably imported by Banfi in the very early 1980's. I offer the provenance only because the wine, in comparison to the previous pairing which came with incomplete provenance, seems impossibly young to be of the same age. When I opened the bottle the nose was bordering on profound with intense notes of licorice, tar, layers of spice and fresh herbs framing deep dark fruit. In the mouth the was lovely balance with a resolved texture and a perfectly preserved core of prune tinged fruit. The finish was long and spicy with a touch of seeded rye bread and a substantial wall of tannin that clamped down n the finale. At the table the nose offered great sweet notes of fresh green seeds, melon rind, and cigarette ash. In the mouth this was downright big and opulent after the previous pairing with sweet licorice notes adding depth to lots of blackberry fruit up front. The texture lightens up considerable through the mid-palate, which lacks complexity while the finish adds dark cigar wrapper notes before the tannins return. This just lacks a bit of integration to the tannins that causes discussion around the table as to where they might have come from. As I have said i do not know. What I do know is that this appears to be too young, unevolved, and unintegrated to be 50 years old. It is none-the-less a delicious bottle of Barolo


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Snooth User: pec1a
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1.50 5
11/26/2008

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

The phrase iron fist in a velvet glove is abused when it comes to wine but in this case it is so fitting. The core of fruit from this exceptional vintage has remained vibrant as the structure has melted away leaving a voluptuous wine of exceptional depth.



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90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 1958 Borgogno Barolo Riserva showed dramatically better than my most recent bottle of the 1964 (which must have been an 'off' example, as I had previously quite liked the ‘64), as the wine retains very good balance and structural integrity at age fifty-two. The nose is deep, complex and quite tertiary at this stage in its evolution, as it wafts from the glass in a mélange of dried cherries, orange rind, forest floor, onion skin, gamebirds a lovely base of soil tones and a touch of curry in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with fine resolution to its structural elements, good depth at the core and fine length and grip on the fully mature finish. There is a certain noble rusticity here that is quite enjoyable. I should note that I tasted a bottle of this wine a couple of years ago that seemed to have been topped up at the winery with some younger juice prior to release, and which I did not rate at the time (despite it being very tasty), as it no longer seemed to really be an example of the 1958 vintage. But this was not the issue with this most recent bottle, which was lovely. 2010-2025. (Sep/Oct 2010)

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