Whenever I open a new Barbaresco, I always plan to drink it over several days. It's young Nebbiolo, after all. Yesterday I changed that plan because this wine just wouldn't let me stop pouring glasses, right to the end of the bottle!
Elvio Cogno's Barbaresco Bordini 2019 is as expressive, open, and appealing as young Barbaresco gets—the perfect wine to highlight my years-long campaign to encourage you to drink more young Barbaresco (and Barolo). It is graceful and balanced and of course will age should you choose that route instead. Note: I didn't even decant it, and the aromas were wholly enveloping, the palate silky, the finish showing the subtlest of noble Nebbiolo structure. In short, it's delicious and belongs in the hands of fellow Barbaresco fans. I'm adding some to my collection—join me!
$54.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($59.95 regular)
96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant, focused and loaded with finesse, this impressive red opens with aromas of iris, red berry, spice and camphor. Elegantly structured and savory, the vibrant palate features juicy raspberry, Morello cherry, star anise and wild mint framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it well balanced. Drink 2024–2034."
93 points Wine Spectator: "Enticing aromas of cherry, strawberry, hay, sweet grass and iron mark this smooth, velvety red. Shows ample structure, yet this is harmonious overall, with a beam of pure cherry lingering. Best from 2024 through 2038.