Giacomo Borgogno 1952 Barolo Riserva and Gaja 1988 Barbaresco showed again the quality of the Nebbiolo grape.
We are not ready to pay so much money for the current releases of the Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco (Costa Russi, Sori San Lorenzo and Sori Tildin). We are convinced that the older vintages of the normal Barbaresco are the better wines with the meaning of character and typicality. So, we had the Gaja 1988 Barbaresco in the glass with herbs, undergrowth, liquorice, tar and some cherry. Although tannic as all Barbaresco, it is polished and elegant. And it is a typical Barbaresco with full-body and perfect balance. 18.8/20 points.
The old vintages of Giacomo Borgogno's Barolo show how good Barolo can age. You still have a lot of fun with 1931, 1944 or 1947. This time we had a little bit younger: Giacomo Borgogno 1952 Barolo. It has a typical light garnet colour, but shows up with bacon, herbs, a lightl sweetness, moss, undergrowth and a bit of raspberry. It is long and precise with a good structure and still enough tannin. 18.5/20 points.