Borgogno Langhe Freisa 2012, Doc

Other Red Other Red
Piedmont, Italy

$21.95 (388660)

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90 pts
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October 11, 2014

Critic Reviews (4)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a delicious version of the rather rare freisa grape, a relative (likely parent) of nebbiolo, from the storied...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A lovely, juicy but also tight and tannic fresia. Lip-smacking and memorable with lots more deliciousness to come....

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Michael Godel
Michael Godel

Don't worry Mr. Parker, this rare chance at assessing a Langhe made from the Freisa grape will not join the 100-point...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Dark ruby in colour, the 2012 Freisa displays lovely aromas of 'dusty' blackberries, plums, red fruits, and a hint of...

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Community Reviews (5)

Brad Mate
Brad Mate

This is a charming little wine. I love the old school label. It's charming because it's light bodied but packs incredible structure and finesse. There's hints of sweet cherries, herbs and tobacco. I loved the grippy fresh finish!

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It's only wine but I like it
It's only wine but I like it

After having a few heavy-handed over the top wines lately, this is truly refreshing. Safe to say, I have never (knowingly) had freisa before. Light-medium bodied, fine red cherry fruit, firm tannin and nicely balanced acidity. Great complexity and length. As one would expect, a great food wine, but infinitely drinkable on its own. Drink now or should hold a few years. Really excellent. Tasted April 2015.

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David Brodati
David Brodati

What an interesting wine. Freisa is very nebbiolo like in complex aromatics and pronounced tannin. This version has lifted floral, cherry, mocha, herbs and tea on the nose followed by a savoury palate featuring red fruit, tea, leather, tobacco on a medium body, framed by good acidity and strong tannic grip. There's a intriquing juxtaposition between the nebbiolo like strength of the bones and the finessed lightness of the flesh. Very good length. Pronounced alcohol heat holds back the score a point. Jan. 2015.

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

The nose on this Piedmontese Freisa, yet another uncommon Italian grape deserving of much wider attention and recognition, is just do distinctively Italian, and so gorgeously complex, with light, sweet strawberry, tart raspberry and cherry, berry leaf, dried herbs, and dusty earth, more savoury than sweet but very nicely balanced. It's dusty and acidic on the palate, and quite dry, with the flavours not nearly as compelling as the aromas, and it lacks depth, but it's wonderfully food-friendly in that typically Italian way.

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