2007 Boroli Langhe Rosso

SKU #1091768 Wine Enthusiast

 Fresh, clean and fruity, with strawberry and vanilla aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with bright acidity and a crisp finish. Drink now.  (12/ 2009)

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About Boroli: "The Borolis are a Piedmontese family who have been in business in the region - first in textiles, then editorial, and now in winegrowing - since 1831. In the 1990's, Silavano ed Elena Boroli felt the need to extend their interest and endeavours. They wanted something that would bring them closer to nature and away from the demands of the contemporary business world. As Piedmontese, the choice was almost an obligation: making wine in Langa...In 2000 Achille, the third of the four Boroli sons entered the family wine business. The farm director is the oenologist Enzo Alluvione, assisted by his son Daniele for the vineyards and by Achille Boroli for the marketing and selling. The farm consultant is the oenologist Beppe Caviola. The vines grown are Nebbiolo, Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Dolcetto, White Moscato and Chardonnay, following the guiot standard of vine raising." (From the winery)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/25/2012  | Send Email
I was pretty impressed with this wine when I tasted it, especially when I was told it would retail for under 15 bucks. Nice! 51% Barbara which gives the wine itís deep brandied cherry, 37% Nebbiolo that adds the quintessential ďtar and rosesĒ and gives the wine some nice structured tannins, and the remainder a dollop of Merlot that comes across as just a hint of milk chocolate and adds a touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel. Side note; this for me was another demonstration of the importance of decanting, even for less expensive bottlings. I opened the bottle in the early afternoon for the staff to taste and grabbed the remainder at the end of the day to take home and have with a simple Portobello mushroom pasta. It was delicious when first opened but the more high toned cherry, raspberry and almost watermelon notes really came out after it had been opened for several hours, without loosing one bit of itís initial freshness and snap. So as with almost all wines, if you can, I recommend giving it a good, vigorous splash decant a half hour or so before you begin to enjoy your first glass. Think about it; poor thingís been cooped up in that little bottle for three or four years now. Needs to stretch itís legs. CM

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Varietal:

Nebbiolo

- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.