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Giacosa Bruno

Barolo Docg Falletto

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Type RED Vintage 2012 Region Piedmont Producer Giacosa Bruno Wine Advocate 93 Wine Spectator 94 Available: 1

The 2012 Barolo Falletto is a bit timid to open and needs extra time in the glass (especially when tasted this young). This wine was bottled in March. The wine already shows impressive complexity and depth with drying mineral notes that frame a pretty core of cherry and blackberry fruit. Background notes of light spice and grilled herb complete this pretty picture. What stands out most here, however, is the tight textural fabric of this wine. It is poised for very good aging potential. Here is a brief roundup of the upcoming bottlings we can expect from Bruno Giacosa. No Barbera d'Alba Falletto is made in 2013 because part of that vineyard was removed, but production of that wine returned 2014. The 2010 vintage was a washout for Bruno Giacosa. Barolo and Barbaresco were not produced. The Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) was made in 2011, but not in 2012. The 2012 vintage only saw the production of Barbaresco Asili and 2013 will see a Barbaresco Rabajà. The 2014 vintage brings a slew of wines from Bruno Giacosa. Production in 2014 will include the base Barbaresco, Barbaresco Rabajà and Barbaresco Riserva Asili. The celebrated Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (red label) was made in 2008 and will be followed by 2011, 2012 and 2014. That means that the next time we see the red label wine will be in 2017 (with the 2011 vintage). Only the white label was made in 2013. Happily for us, the 2014 vintage will see both the Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label), and the Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (red label). Bruna Giacosa tells me that the outlook looks good for many of the top-shelf wines in 2015, although the final decision will be taken in one year's time. - Wine Advocate 


Few producers in the world can rival Bruno Giacosa. Not only for the stature of his work, but for the number of outstanding wines he has made and continues to make.

Established in 1871, Bruno Giacosa is the third generation of his family to produce wine in this Neive estate and has worked in these family cellars since he was a very young man during World War II. Today, he is ably assisted by his daughter Bruna who markets the wines throughout the world. 

The Giacosa family philosophy is a simple one, based on the respect of local tradition in the vineyard and the cellar, and a driving passion that has been handed down from generation to generation.
Giacosa’s vines are all located in prime sites and total just over 20ha. They include 5.5ha of Barbaresco Asili and 14.5ha of Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba – two vineyards with optimum exposure and perfect soil for producing great Barbaresco and Barolo. All the fruit for the Giacosa wines come from vines at about 400 metres above sea level, south/southwest facing in an amphitheatre-like location which produces a very protective, low-cropping microclimate. 

The over-riding ambition of both father and daughter is to achieve the highest quality possible. To this end, they only ever put the Giacosa name to wines in which they have complete confidence. Bruno's strictness in this regard comes at a heavy financial cost - in 1991, 1992 and 1994 he declassified all his single-vineyard Barolos and Barbarescos, and repeated this in 2002.
Bruno combines a strict adherence to traditional methods with a few concessions to modern technology. Skin contact during alcoholic fermentation of the red wines, in stainless steel tanks, can last for anything up to 30 days. The wines are then aged in huge 50-100 hectolitre botti for between 1 and 4 years, depending on the wine. 

Made only a few times a decade, his red labels (Riserva) are not only fantastically complex, rich, powerful wines capable of decades of development; they are also endowed with that rare and magical sense of extra dimension found only in the greatest wines. So high are Bruno Giacosa's standards that, over the decades, he has deemed relatively few wines worthy of wearing the red label. As a consequence, his more typical white label releases often offer such soaring quality that we find ourselves asking why they aren't red labels. In such cases, the difference in quality may be known only to Giacosa himself.

Personally, I think you need to use the superlatives for Bruno. He is a living legend and the best producer in Langa.

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