I have always been a fan of the amazing wines that come from the Giacosa estate. However after having the chance to taste some of the older vintages I could only lament that it took me far too long to discover the wines when I started collecting some 35 years ago. They are pure expressions of how good wine and the Nebbiolo grape can be when in the hands of a master. The estate did suffer what us Giacosa lovers hope is only a hiccup when Bruno had a stroke in 2006. A couple of subsequent vintages were not very good after oenologist, Dante Scaglione left the winery and the direction fell solely into the lap of Bruno’s daughter, Bruna. Fortunately Bruno is back on his feet and Scaglione has returned, thus I am very optimistic of a return to greatness at the estate. I suggest you check out Eric Guido’s excellent blog about the evening and the Giacosa estate at The Cellar Table at Morrell Wine.
2008 Bruno Giacosa Spumante Rosé. Made from purchased fruit this Pinot Noir sparkler had a nice yeasty nose and palate.
1996 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba. While this is still a young wine it is oh so round and delicious. A bouquet of dark berries fills the nose in anticipation of the first sip which does not let you down. Many years ahead for this Giacosa classic.
1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero. My first Giacosa Villero and it was quite special. The wine began with an earthy bouquet and a soft beautifully textured palate. The wine finished with a long, feminine elegance. A wine with soul!
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