“There is a humanity in these wines that is hard to describe with words.” – Antonio Galloni
“If there was one wine producer I would buy year in and year out without ever first tasting, it was Bruno Giacosa” – Robert Parker
We are very excited to offer one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year: Bruno Giacosa. It was with much sadness that we reported the passing of the man himself last year, but it is clear that his legacy for producing sublime wine of distinctive character lives on with his daughter Bruna at the helm. Legendary oenologist Dante Scaglione, who worked closely with Bruno for many decades, returned to the winery in 2011 and is now producing some of their greatest wines of all time. We have a superb selection of single-vineyard wines from 2015 and the tremendously exciting ‘red-label’ Riserva Barbaresco Asili from 2014, all awarded 98-100 points from James Suckling.
The 2015 vintage produced a stunning crop in Barolo and Barbaresco. It was a warm year with early budding and temperatures in July reaching record heights. Fortunately, a cooler September and a spritz of rain in October lengthened the growing season to produce concentrated Nebbiolo with classical, statuesque elegance. Suckling has compared 2015 to the legendary 2010, suggesting that 2015 may even surpass it in quality: “it is a vintage to really celebrate”.
Giacosa produced their single-vineyard 2015s exclusively under the classic white labels, which means that these wines are the definitive examples of the vintage, containing all of this superb fruit. Barbaresco Rabajà produced a dark, precise style. Across the border, the Barolo Falletto vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba produced a wine built with serious muscle and depth, surely one of the finest wines produced from this site to date.
Even considering the soaring achievement of these two wines, the champion of the vintage was undoubtedly the Barolo Falletto Vigna le Rocche, a subsection of the Falletto vineyard and the crown jewel of Giacosa’s estate. Although Suckling originally published his review at 99 points, he upgraded this wine to a perfect 100 in his recent report on the vintage.
We are also delighted to offer the Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014 under the iconic red label. Although a challenging vintage for most, Giacosa has always diverged from the norm, producing a wine of “gorgeous intensity and profound depth” according to Monica Larner, who gave the wine 97 points. These red labels remain immensely collectable, produced in tiny quantities, and sell out within hours year on year.
The quality of Giacosa’s wines is obvious across their entire range, including a selection of classic Piedmont styles that are ready to drink on release. These wines, listed below, offer some incredible value and access to the skill and personality that define Bruno Giacosa. They deserve serious attention and we would encourage you to stock up for drinking throughout the year.
Giacosa is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded and in demand producers in the world, found in the finest wine collections across the globe. These wines are only available in small quantities; treasures for those who have the opportunity to secure a few cases on release. Please do register your interest as soon as possible.