|Borgogno, Langhe Freisa, 2013|
Freisa is the shit because of its ability to be offensive upon immediate evaluation but with time and patience, it will open up and seduce you somehow someway. While sharing similar nebbiolo characteristics it is opposite in approachability and not nearly as obvious in its appeal. Robert Parker once described it as producing totally repugnant wines and that all the more confirms my point of view.
The fun part about freisa is you can discover this lesser known grape of Piedmont made by some of your favorite Barolo producers at a fraction of the price their Nebbiolos would cost.
This freisa by Borgogno was very acidic with sour tannins upon first opening. Still enough fruit to make it drinkable, but the difference after 2 hours was crazy. It became much more inegrated with the delicious salty raspberry fruit that Freisa famously displays. There is some rose and liquorish reminiscent of nebbbiolo and the after bite of tannin that keeps your spirit floating in the langhe of your fantasies.
|The 2012 Giuseppe Mascarello Freisa is another hot steal. Not too hard to find in New York City.|