"There is only one Bruno Giacosa. No one will ever make wines like these. It's as simple as that."
"I can think of no Italian producer whose wines have given me as much pleasure as the Barbarescos and Barolos from Bruno Giacosa. He is one of a handful of producers whose wines I will purchase without tasting them first"
"Bruno Giacosa is perhaps my favorite producer in all of Italy, and to my mind clearly one of the greatest winemakers of the second half of the twentieth century."
I am pleased to offer Giacosa's 2019 releases. All three wines in this year's release have been awarded between 98-100 points making the selection highly sought after.
The summer of 2015 was hot, especially in July. Fortunately the temperatures lowered towards the end of the summer so the grapes maturated perfectly.
Legendary oenologist Dante Scaglione has been back at the estate since 2011 and was in fine form at a recent visit. He was Bruno's right hand man for some of the timeless Giacosa vintages and this great estate is now producing wines to equal the great wines of the past under the careful management of Bruno's daughter, Bruna.
The release of a new Giacosa red label Riserva is always keenly anticipated but the white labels are not to be ignored. Giacosa fanatic John Gilman has said
"I have had some truly brilliant non-Riserva bottlings from Bruno Giacosa over the years, and I feel that the white label bottlings often offer at least ninety percent of the quality of the Riservas, and yet travel unfairly in the shadow of the magical Riservas."
We have just 2 sixpacks available of each wine and balanced orders take preference.
First come, first served!
- 2015 Barolo Falletto - £725 per 6x75cl case IB
2 cases available
98 JS - Superb aromas of ripe fruit such as plums and berries with peaches and tar. Very intense. Full body, great depth and density. Incredible richness and power with superb length and persistence. One of the most dense and vertical Falletos I have tasted. Try in 2025.
- 2015 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche - £850 per 6x75cl case IB
2 cases available
100 JS - I am lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth. Yet always subtle and complex. Full body, ultra-fine and firm tannins. Upgraded. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026.
- 2014 Barbaresco Asili Riserva (Red Label) - £1590 per 6x75cl case IB
2 cases available
99 JS - Incredible aromas of violets, roses and blue fruits. So perfumed. Never smelled a wine like this before. Full body, perfectly integrated tannins and bright, vivid acidity. Extremely long and endless. A seamless and great one. An evocative wine that makes you think. Needs three to five years of bottle age on release. Unique red. Available in 2019.
- Packaged in its distinctive red label (red is for Riserva), the 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Asili represents a tremendous effort in a challenging but ultimately very rewarding vintage. This wine will be released in February 2019. The previous edition was 2011, and Bruna Giacosa tells me that it will be produced in 2016 and possibly 2017-although this has not yet been officially confirmed. In a normal vintage, production is 11,000 bottles strong, but because of reduced yields in 2014 we can expect some 8,000 bottles instead. Growing conditions in 2014 were cause for concern up until the end of August because of humidity and below average temperatures. Those conditions changed suddenly in the nick of time, bringing strong sunshine and warmth during the final stage of grape ripening. Ultimately, 2014 proved to be a long growing season with healthy fruit in reduced volume. The Rabajà cru sometimes shows a harder edge with more mineral definition. Asili, in comparison, offers gorgeous intensity and profound depth. This Riserva shows seamless integration of wild fruit, blue flower, spice, balsam herb and pencil shaving. This is a complete and complex expression with an enduring sense of dimension and structure. I can't wait to taste this wine one day in the far future when it is further along on its promising evolutionary track. Monica Larner
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