Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Red Label 2017

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97 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2023

This year's top-end release from Bruno Giacosa is the 2017 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (in the red label). Bottled in 2019, the wine stands apart thanks to a hot and dry growing season that Bruna Giacosa is very excited about. In fact, she prefers 2017 to 2015, although the two vintages do share similarities. This wine is very open-knit, and it reveals dark concentration in the form of ripe blackberry, candied cherry and spice. The tannins show a loose, granular quality that adds considerably to the textural impact of this Riserva.

Bruna Giacosa is excited about quality in the upcoming 2022 vintage, although heat stress and dry conditions forced a reduction in yields by about 20%, she says.

Her father Bruno Giacosa suffered a stroke in 2006 and eventually passed away in January 2018. This legendary winemaker had been working in the vineyards since he was a boy of 13 or 14 years old, and over time, he acquired an excellent sense of the best cru sites in both Barbaresco and Barolo. He passion grew and so did his ambition to source fruit from pinpoint areas of excellence in order to fulfill his vision of territory-specific Nebbiolo. Bruno Giacosa was among the first to fully understand the enormous winemaking potential of the crus. In Barbaresco, he bought fruit in Neive (Gallina and Basarin) among other spots. The irony is that for most of this time, he never owned a single hectare of vines. In 1964, he was the first to create a single-vineyard expression of Santo Stefano (in Neive, Barbaresco). When he finally decided to buy his first plot, he chose Falletto in Serralunga d’Alba (in the Barolo appellation). He considered this site ideal for obtaining both elegance and power.

The Bruno Giacosa Barbarescos Rabajà and Asili were made in 2019, as was the 2019 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (white label).

However, the estate did not make the red label Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche in 2019. That wine was produced in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. It was not produced in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019. The Riserva will, however, be made in 2020 and 2022. Bruna has a good feeling about 2022, although a final decision on that vintage had not been taken at the time of my visit.

“The 2019 is not like 2020 or 2021, but it is a vintage that gives me happiness," she says.

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