Giacosa New Release
There is no more significant name in Piedmont than Giacosa, “il Maestro”, Bruno. His reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the history of Piedmont has been built over 50+ years and he deserves a great deal of credit for catapulting Piedmont into the consciousness of fine wine lovers the world over.
After forming a fierce reputation for buying up the best grapes in the region from the various growers (“sorry, sold to Bruno!”), he acquired his own holdings in Barbaresco (Asili) and Barolo (Falletto). These are arguably two of the finest sites in Piedmont and have yielded some of the greatest, most mesmerising and unique Barolo and Barbaresco in existence.
From one generation to another, in the family Giacosa, greatness is permanent:
In 2006, Bruno’s health deteriorated with a sudden stroke that shook the family. Today he continues to consult and taste whenever possible. However, his health demands that daughter Bruna Giacosa, who spent her life in the vineyards and winery, take charge of the estate and continue the prodigious legacy he created.
Since then, we have had nothing but admiration for the way Bruna has taken on this responsibility. Armed with incredible determination, passion and a palate clearly inherited from her father, she has consistently produced stunning wines worthy of the estate’s storied legacy.
These are wines that deliver seriousness and delight in equal measure. They are a masterclass in harmony and hedonism.
A key part to the estate’s continued success was Bruna’s decision to bring back Dante Scaliogini in 2011. Dante was Bruno’s head oenologist over two decades whose meticulous approach to winemaking won the admiration of Bruno Giacosa back in 1990.
Bruna has abided by the adage of ‘evolution not revolution’. Whilst mindful of the past, she is not afraid to progress. When the opportunity to obtain holdings in Rabaja came up, Bruna did not hesitate. This was a site close to her heart due to the superb wines her father Bruno previously made from the same vineyard.
The pride of obtaining her first vineyard is clear and the result has been nothing short of remarkable. The first release is the 2013 which has achieved acclaim both within Armit Wines and critics alike.
Falletto’s iconic amphitheatre-like aspect creates a protective, low-yielding micro-climate that results in wines of heady concentration, perfume and depth yet full of freshness and energy that keeps things alive. The Riserva bottlings, made only in the finest years, are the stuff of legends.
The Barbaresco 2014 predominantly coming from the mythical Asili’s limestone and marl rich soils is just one reason this vineyard is renowned for creating wines of great elegance, silky tannins and exquisite aromatics that can be found in his Barbaresco.
The estate’s newly acquired plot in Rabajà was formerly a part of the celebrated Asili vineyard. The plot is South facing which allows the wine to achieve power and hidden depths. The Limestone rich soils lend a thrilling freshness as well as a luxurious finesse and elegance. This is a captivating combination that will leave you wanting more.