Barbaresco, Asili, 2008

  Bruno Giacosa

Like the Santo Stefani, this is aged in large old oak botti and is released after three years. The similarities end there. The soils of Asili are much more typical of Barbaresco, being very sandy. It is therefore a well-drained, early-ripening site that produces rich, lush ripe wines. The 2008 is full of juicy red fruits, notes of raspberry, sweet strawberry and lush creamy tannins. This is clear, focused but rounded with a warmth and liquorice spice offset by lively notes of salt and mineral.

Contains Sulphites.

About Bruno Giacosa

One of the true greats of the winemaking world, Bruno is the third generation to produce wine at this family estate founded in 1871. The 20 ha domaine comprisies 5.5 ha of Barbaresco Asili and 14.5ha Barolo Falletto di Serralunga. Driven by a passion for the vines and their terroir Bruno is unstinting in his search for quality, declassifying 4 vintages since 1991. His general approach is that fruit quality comes first, in the cellar his methods are largely traditional whilst bowing to some of the more beneficial aspects of modern technology. The wines are fermented in temperature controlled steel tanks and aged in large oak "botti" for between 1 - 4 years depending on the wine.

Appellation: Piedmont

Piedmont sitting at the foot of the mountains is justly regarded as one of, if not the finest wine growing region in Italy. The noblest grape found in the region in undoubtedly Nebbiolo, with the DOCG's of Barolo and Barbaresco at the forefront of production. Barbera and Dolcetto come in second and third, and being earlier ripening are often found located on those sides of the hills that receive less sunshine. The wines from Piedmont are intrinsically food friendly wines, a fact understandable given the culinary strength of the area.