Roero Arneis 2012, Bruno Giacosa, 12x75cl bottles
A wine which goes from strength to strength each vintage, the 2012 is very refreshing with an expressive and elegant bouquet of acacia flowers, orange blossom, green apples and white peaches. The...Read More
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Armit Tasting Note
A wine which goes from strength to strength each vintage, the 2012 is very refreshing with an expressive and elegant bouquet of acacia flowers, orange blossom, green apples and white peaches. The palate is bursting with zesty citrus flavours with nuances of crisp apples, sweet apricots and soft stone fruits. A very attractive and fragrant wine, it will be delicious from release. Drink from 2013.
In the world of fine wine, where good natured rivalry between producers who make great wines is a fact of life, it is rare to find any one producer singled out for praise and admiration without a hint of envy. This however is the case for Giacosa, a family owned winery in Piedmont founded in 1871 in the village of Neive.
The wines here are world class but it is the personality and work of one man in particular, Bruno Giacosa, the third generation of his family to produce wine here, along with his vivacious daughter Bruna, which makes the difference. 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 for perfection that is handed down from generation to generation. A shy, modest man but very determined and strong willed, Bruno believes that his wines should do the talking and a tasting at Giacosa is a magical experience.
Giacosa’s vines are located in prime sites about 400 metres above sea level and total 23 hectares. The 5.5 hectares of Barbaresco Asili and 14.5 hectares of Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba are perfectly situated with optimum exposure and ideal soil for producing great Barbaresco and Barolo. The Falletto vineyard is truly iconic in the region; its amphitheatre-like aspect creates a very protective, low-cropping microclimate. More recently, acquisition in La Morra has added to the holdings. In addition to the family holdings, Giacosa manages a number of prime vineyards owned by other growers who they have worked with for decades. The overriding ambition of both father and daughter is to achieve the very highest quality possible and to this end they only ever put the Giacosa name to wines in which they have total 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 and in 2006. Today, with the brilliant assistance of new winemaker Francesco Versio, guided by the wise counsel of the long-serving Dante Scaglione, primary importance is of course attached to the quality of the fruit but Bruno regards an immaculate, well ordered winery and cellar as essential to the production of great wines which express their fine terroir. He aims to create wines rich in flavour, with fine supporting tannins but above all else refined elegance. Bruno combines a strict adherence to traditional methods with only the fewest concessions to modern technology and the results are remarkable.
The range of wines here is large, made more complicated by Bruno’s insistence that each fruit and terroir combination should be allowed to express itself individually, and that the fruit from managed vineyards must be vinified and bottled separately. The majority of the wines are therefore single vineyard. Moreover, in the very greatest years, some of the wines are bottled with a red label signifying “riserva’ to differentiate their treatment from those ‘normale’ wines bottled under a white label.’ Five different grape varieties are grown: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis and Pinot Noir. From these, two selections are made:
Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa (with a castle on the label)
This is used for fruit sourced from managed vineyards. From this range Armit Wines buys Spumante, Roero Arneis, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and the individual Barbaresco “Santo Stefano”.
Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa (the label pictures the Falletto house and hill)
This range includes Dolcetto and Barbera d’Alba, as well as Barolo Vigna Croera which is not often seen in the UK, it is more famous for the celebrated Barbaresco Asili and Barolo Falletto (including the great Le Rocche del Falletto) which earned the Giacosa Estate its global iconic standing.
In 2007 the local regulations were altered and since that time Barbaresco Rabaja has ceased to exist. Anyone lucky enough to have a case of the last 2001 riserva from this splendid plot is in for a treat.
The Italian word "Piedmont" means at the foot of the mountains, and indeed the whole region is dominated by the Alps to the north and the west. Piedmont is home to the largest area of vines which produce DOC and DOCG wines, and the region boasts over 40 denominations. The most well known wines from Piedmont include Barolo and Barbaresco, made from the Nebbiolo grape, and Asti Spumante, made from the Moscato grape. Nebbiolo is the undisputed king of the grape varieties in Piedmont but you should not ignore the lovely reds from the indigenous Dolcetto or Barbera, nor indeed the best examples of international varieties and of course the wonderful local whites, most particular the resurgent Arneis. We are honoured to represent two maestros of Piedmont - Angelo Gaja and Bruno Giacosa.