Barolo Fossati

2016
Italy
Piedmont

Fossati comes from 1.8ha on the La Morra side of the cru, at 370-420m, facing E/SE. This wine has all the classic, autumnal Nebbiolo charm, with some mushroom-y tertiary notes developing after only a couple years. 30% of the vines here are planted in 1950. Fermentation in open-top tine, 80 days of maceration. Aging is in French oak cask. 3,600 bottles made.

94 points
"Drawing its fruit from old vines in La Morra, the Enzo Boglietti 2016 Barolo Fossati offers a smooth, silky and accessible personality. This wine should probably be accessible with another five years or more of aging. This vineyard site has silty soils, and these conditions work to create complexity and soft dimension in the wine. Red cherry, dried raspberry, blood orange, licorice and smoke emerge from the bouquet. Only 3,600 bottles were made."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
, July 2020
94 points
"Perfumed, this red exhibits pure flavors of cherry, raspberry and rose, shaded by mineral and tobacco. It's succulent and silky, until the firm tannins sweep in on the savory finish. Graceful, yet packs a punch. Best from 2022 through 2040."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
, April 2021
94 points
"The 2016 Barolo Fossati is laced with red fruit, orange zest, cedar, cinnamon, dried autumn leaves and sweet pipe tobacco, along with the nervous tannins that are such a Fossati signature. In the glass, the 2016 is translucent and a bit edgy, but it all works. This is such an attractive an d expressive wine that balances the dept h that has always been typical of these wines with notable site expression."
Vinous,
Antonio Galloni
, October 2020
92 points
"Boglietti produces most but not all of its single-vineyard Barolos from La Morra, and Fossati is no exception. Compared to some other La Morra sites, Fossati delivers structured wines, and Boglietti opts for a very long maceration period before ageing it in large casks. The nose is exquisite, with intense and floral raspberry fruit. On first taste it seems a bit light, but it does have concentration and force, with ripe tannins balancing the fresh acidity. It's not a flashy style but it's balanced and long. Drinking Window 2020 - 2036"
Stephen Brook,
Decanter
, January 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1886-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Nebbiolo
Farming Type: 
Organic