We love strong families like theirs and ours....

Sergio Borgogno


To understand the wines of Fratelli Serio & Battista Borgogno you have to understand these two men



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Sergio Borgogno ................................................................................... Marco Bolla





and these four women.





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Paola and AnnaMaria ......................................................................Federica and Emanuela

Serio Borgogno, the 87 year old patriarch, still calls the shots. But the shots are limited to “lunch is late.” In the winery and the vineyard, his son-in-law, Marco Bolla, directs the farming and the winemaking. In the office, Serio’s daughters, AnnaMaria and Paola direct the operations and in the market, their daughters Federica and Emanuela interpret the product for the consumer.

Federica, a graphic artist, has her eyes set on the marketing of the wine. Emanuela, working with her father, has her eye on the hard work in the vineyard and in the winery. She already has one vintage of the Dolcetto under her belt. “My father says, no, no. You can not touch the Barolo yet.”

It was Federica and Emanuela who visited our shop on Wednesday evening bringing with them their 2012 Dolcetto D’Alba, their 2009 Nebbiolo D’Alba; 2008 Cannubi Barolo and 2006 Cannubi Barolo Reserva. I don’t know if it is a tribute to Federica and Emanuela’s knowledge of their family’s legendary property in the Cannubi hills or a tribute to the excellence of the wines but everyone who came to the tasting found the wines (and the family) enchanting. We sold out most of our in-stock supply. More is on the way.

Our notes on the Serio and Battista Borgogno wine pour last Wednesday nights:

2012 Dolcetto D’Alba – Start here if you are looking for a bargain. From a storied vineyard site that has always produced excellence, the Dolcetto D’Alba is the vinified to be drunk in its youth. No oak, no long cellar time. Pure juice made purer with the use of stainless steel tanks.

2009 Nebbiolo D’Alba – a bright garnet color and rich aromatics of dried strawberry, cedar and potter’s clay. The finish is crispy dry but with plenty of residual fruit and spice.

2008 Barolo Cannubi – a delight in the glass with a rich garnet color. The wine is 100% nebbiolo and the grapes are hand harvested. The soil in limestone and sand with a rocky quality that gives the wine a great balance with its earthy plum and prune flavors. Nice spice to finish. The critics all scored this wine with 90+ points. We give it extra points because of its low price from this prized vineyard.

2006 Barolo Cannabis Reserva – When I tasted these wines side by side it was evident that they came from the same land and were vinified by the same hand. But the nose and the forward palate and the finish took on a richer and more dramatic elegance with the 2006 Reserva.