Alcohol : 14,5%
Localization: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting notes: This opens with aromas of oak, espresso, mocha, and plum. The firm palate offers oak extract, chocolate, licorice, and black cherry alongside drying wood tannins. Red with garnet reflections, a very complex bouquet of raspberries, strawberries, and mint. Very long finish, wonderful tannins.
Food pairing: Pair with meat dishes, like braised beef, and cheese.
94 points James Suckling: Love the generosity in this wine for this muscular vintage with plenty of fruit to buttress the powerful tannins. Full and chewy yet succulent and fruity. Drink in 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 grassroots 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 the 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.