Monday, March 2, 2009

Borgogno Barolo Classico Riserva 2001

(as part of a fine wine tasting)

This wine is causing me some confusion. According to the Borgogno website (see link below), "classico" Barolos are only released 10 years after the vintage. So here we are with a 2001 Barolo "Classico Riserva" and it's only 2009.

There is no mention on the website of "Classico Riserva", although there is something called "Barolo Storico Riserva", of which the latest vintage is 1990, so that can't be it.

I don't expect every producer to have every wine they ever produced on their website (although it would be nice). So either the website is just missing this product for some reason, or it's out of date. I've actually emailed them with my queries.

The wine itself was lovely though, all floral, perfumy, tar scents and flavours. Delicious.

UPDATE: I did indeed hear back from Borgogno. It was explained to me that the wine becomes a Riserva after 5 years from the harvest , and the policy of releasing it only after 10 years is an Italian national policy, so it doesn't apply here in the UK where the wines can be released earlier.

Barolo Classico Riserva 2001

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