Patrick Borchard is a longtime Chicago real estate executive who leads Pangea Properties in investing in distressed residential properties. Also a wine aficionado, Patrick Borchard enjoys a diversity of California and Oregon products and has a particular interest in pinot noirs, meritages, and Barolos.
Located in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, Barolo is the area’s most well-known Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) and is highly regarded for its exquisite red wines.
Barolo was formalized as a DOCG appellation in the mid-1960s and comprises approximately 1,700 hectares. The landscape features picturesque villages that typically sit at the top of hills. The terroir, or natural environment, is exceptional for wine grape cultivation, with the continental climate providing the extended autumns and summers that Nebbiolo grapes require to attain full ripeness.
Barolo is distinct from its close cousin Barbaresco in that it grows in soils less nutrient rich, and thus has higher levels of tannins. Barbaresco wines are required to be stored only two years to be so labeled, while Barolo wines require a full three years of storage. This not only reduces the tannins in the final product but also alters the fruit flavor components.