Bruno Giacosa New Releases: 2007 & 2009
Bruno Giacosa is one of Piedmont’s, indeed the entire world’s, winemaking legends. Alongside daughter, Bruna, he presides over his 20ha of Azienda Agricola Falletto vineyards. The wines are distinctively traditional, elegant, yet powerful and are notably reserved in their youth. Fermentation takes place in tank before ageing in large oak "botti" for between one - four years depending on the wine.
The estate is made up of 5.5ha of Barbaresco Asili and 14.5ha Barolo Falletto di Serralunga, both of which can be designated red label Riserva wines in particularly special vintages. This decision is not taken lightly, indeed putting the estate's label on any wine is taken more seriously by Bruno Giacosa than almost anyone else. Famously he has declassified 5 vintages since 1991 and since 1997 he has only made five Barolo Rocche del Falletto Riservas.
2007 is one such vintage. An ideal, long balanced growing season made for very fine wines the length and breadth of Piedmont. Not only is it a reliably consistent vintage, there is a sheer brilliance in so many of the wines. The Rocche del Falleto Riserva does its owner proud, an aristocratic, traditional Barolo of power, complexity and nuance. Layered, profound and structured, this is a Nebbiolo built for the long term.
The hot summer of 2009 threatened to be too much of a good thing, fortunately the water reserves were good thanks to a snowy winter and wet spring. Vines continued to survive the mid summer heat but care was needed in the vines and early September rains brought relief and ensured ripening could continue. Autumn was balmy, beautiful and long, allowing growers time to harvest when they wanted. The wines are ripe, round, intensely-fruited and full. Growers liken the vintage to 1989 and 2005.
All wines are currently abroad and will be shipped towards the end of May 2013