Borgogno No Name

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Borgogno No Name

On Friday, we got to host a Borgogno tasting. The Borgogno winery has been around since 1761, producing some of the first Barolos in Piedmont, Italy. The Barolo di Borgogno was the wine poured during the celebration lunch of Italy’s official unity. Bartolomeo Borgogno established the winery in 1761. Since its inception, the business was passed through the hands of Bartolomeo’s decedents. In the 1900s the youngest of the five Borgogno sons, Cesare Borgogno, took over. He started the winery’s tradition of setting aside a portion of the Barolos made in the best years. Today, the Borgogno cellar contains the most incredible bottles from rare, valuable times throughout the Langa’s history. In 1967, the winery was completely renovated and took on its current name of “Giacomo Borgogno & Figli”. Then, in 2008, the Farinetti family bought Giacomo Borgogno & Figli. They made it their mission to stick with tradition and stay true to the Borgogno style.

They made a few renovations to the main building to make it resemble its original look, and they have preserved the historical cellars of 1761. The Farinetti family continues to run the company and add to the respected reputation of Giacomo Borgono & Figli. One of the greatest contributions of the Farinetti family is the “No Name” wine. When the family took over and presented their Barolo’s to the DOCG commission, one of the casks of wine was approved as Barolo and the other was turned down. Although both casks contained the same wine, produced and aged the same way, the commission decided the second cask could not be labeled as Barolo. Many think this is because they weren’t too keen on a new, wealthy family taking over Borgogno.

Nonetheless, the Farinetti decided to bottle it anyway and title it “No Name”. This bottle is wine made from the same vineyards as the other Borgogno Barolos, but aged for a minimum of 3 years while the other Barolos are aged for a minimum of 4. And, although the No Name is technically Barolo, they have kept it declassified and priced at $39.99. The Borgogno Barolo is $84.99 a bottle…

Every Borgogno wine we tasted on Friday was delicious and got better and better with each bottle, but I could not get over how great the 2011 No Name was and how well it was priced. This wine is without a doubt a Barolo. It has the aromatics and flavors of a high end Barolo and yet the winery continues to make it under the No Name label and for just $39.99. The No Name is a dark red wine with dark cherry and floral scents. It is clean and structured with notes of raspberry, cherry, cinnamon, and roses. I highly recommend this bottle to any and all of my Italian wine-o’s.

Cheers,

Frances