Localization: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Tasting notes: Intense red, with complex aromas, including notes of tobacco and mint. A complex show of balanced power and elegance. Tannins that promise a cellar-worthy wine.
93 points James Suckling: Aromas of cedar and fresh flowers with ripe fruit underneath. Full-bodied, soft, and layered tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows lots of new wood, but it will come together beautifully. Drink after 2022.
The Domain: The Bongiovanni farmstead ("cascina" in Italian; pronounced ka-shee'-nah) dates back to the early 1950s, when it was purchased by Giovanni Bongiovanni, a grass roots man with a profound instinct for soil potential. Giovanni planted a Nebbiolo vineyard where there had been nothing but untamed woodland: he struck gold, yet never got to bottle his own wine. The estate was left to his daughter Olga and it grew to cover premier hillside vineyards of Langhe. Grapes were all indigenous varieties with one noble “foreigner”, Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter – and a good number of other innovations – were due to Olga’s young nephew and winemaker, Davide Mozzone, who has also taken total surface under vine to the present 15.3 acres. Assisted by a top agronomist, Gian Piero Romano, Davide has styled the Bongiovanni range for the modern palate, while at the same time eliciting every ounce of character and extract from the unique langarolo terroir. Winery philosophy: minimizing outside intervention, maximizing character and steering clear of stereotyped wines.