Here’s what top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel (one of our favorites) had to say about the 1996 Scarpa Barbera d’Asti La Bogliona late last year, one of his Nineteen mind-blowing wines of 2019.
Scarpa 1996 Barbera d’Asti La Bogliona
At 23 years you just have to launch yourself headfirst into the blood orange. That this piece of Barbera wow factor happened before the year 2000 is the thing, especially because climate was very different. Rain fell often and slowly through the year, as opposed to the deluges of globally disaster-orchestrated today. Higher acidity simply speaking and this of the great lean, salty and direct-fitted pieces of Barbera composure. Still fresh with dried fruits and low alcohol (at 13.0 per cent declared) but who knows which way the marketing directed labelling in those days? More than a lovely look back. Educational, instructional, cerebral and mind-bending from the lesser appreciated Piedmontese sector. Drink 2019-2024. Tasted December 2019.
See this post on La Bogliona by our U.S. importer PortoVino here.
And see our U.S. blogger’s notes on the same wine here, including some of the winemaker’s notes on the vintage and vinification.