VIRNA BORGOGNO, Barolo
The Borgogno estate comprises 12 hectares of vineyards rich in history and renowned for quality. Located immediately north of the village of Barolo, it has been the family home of Lodovico and his daughters Virna and Ivana Borgogno, since 1720.
60,000 bottles are produced annually, 70% of which is Barolo. The most prized vineyards are the ‘cru’ Sarmassa and Cannubi-Boschis (which is adjacent to the home). ‘Village’ Barolo as well as classically styled Barbera & Dolcetto d’Alba, and more modern Langhe Rosso come from a variety of small vineyard holdings throughout the district. A new cellar was completed in time for the 2005 vintage.
From the 1950s, Lodovico began introducing new practices in order to extract the highest possible quality from his vineyards. In 2001 Virna became the owner & winemaker, recognized by the addition of her name to the estate. Now, she and her sister Ivana honour the tradition of Barolo while highlighting their wines’ qualities with modern winemaking methods. A variety of large oak (barrique, tonneaux & botti) is used for aging, with the intention of capturing the subtlety and texture of Nebbiolo, not simply raw power. Not meaing to sound cliché, but these are indeed very feminine, very expressive wines — taut, aromatic, ethereal Barolo.
The notable characteristic of all great Barolo is rooted in the composition of the soil: marl, with scattered deposits of limestone amidst clay. The vineyard-designation system in Barolo, concerned as it is with the history of quality of tiny parcels of land, necessarily calls Burgundy to mind, while the Nebbiolo grape notably recalls cool forests and sweet smoke, leather and roses.