2001 Giacomo Borgogno, Barolo, Storico-Liste (RT 94) I’ve passionately followed this wine over many vintages since it was first released in the mid-1990s. In my view this is Borgogno’s most expressive and outstanding bottling. For the first decade+ of production this wine was aged in small barrels, but today it is aged for 4 years in 45 HL Slavonian oak casks, giving it a more classic profile. This is a small production bottling with approximately 4,000 bottles produced each vintage, making it relatively rare and hard to source in the US market. In recent vintages the label has changed from black to white and it is currently marketed at “Liste” (sans Storico, which used to only appear on the back label). SO’d for the day and served directly from bottle, the presentation is archetypal Nebbiolo showing a russet/garnet hue to the core. On the bouquet a marked florally driven profile showing violets and rose petal wrapped around a red cherry core, with mineral accents. The mouthfeel is fabulous and fresh, with beautiful balance between the acidity and clean, ripe tannin. Seriously structured, this wine has the backbone to age for another 20+ years with style and grace. Drink now – 2041+ Depending on where you buy it the price can range from the $70s to north of $100.