2016 Borgogno Fossati Barolo

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Supremely balanced single Cru Barolo, so pretty and powerful.

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Fossati is an MGA on the border of the Barolo and La Morra communes - MGAs are 'Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive', a new method of delineating vineyards in Barolo brought out in 2010. There are 181 of them, kind of bridging the gap between the famous eleven communes and single vineyards (though some MGAs are single vineyards... sigh).

Much more fun to talk about is the fantastic 2016 iteration of Fossati from Borgogno. It's so aromatic, pretty and balanced , even in its youth that it's old school long maceration winemaking doesn't over impact the wine. There's heaps of finely-woven tannin and length galore.

A worthy addition to any Piemonte cellar.

This cru originated around 6 million years ago through sedimentation from the Padano sea, after which the African earth plates collided with those of the Italian peninsula. Being a relatively young plot, it has a good percentage of sand in its composition that ensures that the wines are characterized by explosive floral and red fruit notes. It can be found along the secondary road that runs from Barolo to La Morra. This vineyard measures around 3.20 hectares with a south-eastern exposure that varies from 290 to 50 meters above sea level.

Spontaneous fermentation carried out by indigenous yeasts for about 12 days in concrete tanks, controlled temperature (22 – 25 C initially, 29-30 at the end ), followed by submerged cup maceration for 40 days, stable temperature 29 C. After the racking off, the malolactic fermentation starts, and it lasts about 15 days at 22 C. Ageing: 4 years in Slavonian oak casks (4500L) with a further refining in bottle for 6 months.

Region: Piemonte, Italy
Blend: Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV: 14.50%
Closure: 750ml
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96 Points - " Rustic charm here, grippy tannins, black tea, and rose hip tea, yes, and old flowers, clove, some dried meat. Good pucker and chew, dried fruit and nut, blood orange amaro, savouriness, meatiness, cranberry and dried cherry. Wonderful old school expression. Seriously good. Drink 2023-2036." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

93 Points - "The 2016 Barolo Fossati is another very pretty wine for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Sweet dried cherry, crushed flowers, cedar and pipe tobacco give the Fossati a beguiling top register. On the palate the 2016 is a bit light, even for this La Morra site. Even so, all the elements are so well balanced. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade.Drink 2021 - 2031." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous.com)

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