Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche 2016
Nebbiolo | Italy
$595.00 $800.00 - 750mL
Stop the presses. It's HERE! We've been eagerly waiting on this one; we even enlisted the kid who tracks Elon Musk's plane to watch the cargo ship move safely across the Atlantic. Bruno Giacosa – Piemonte's most legendary producer – and his 2016 Barolo, "Vigna Le Rocche Riserva" from the amazing Falletto parcel in the Serralunga d'Alba!
Sadly, Bruno Giacosa passed away at 88 years of age back in 2018. He never had the chance to see the bottled final product of the amazing 2016 vintage, though we are certain he was aware – perhaps more so than anyone, what a special vintage it was. This is one of the finest wines in Giacosa’s long and storied history – and if you know anything about this producer, you know that is saying something, indeed.
For many, Giacosa’s red label “Riservas” are the best red wines anywhere in the world. He made them only a few times a decade, to the extent that his spectacular vintages of his white label wines were scrutinized by critics for what possible flaw could have prevented them from achieving the rarified riserva status. To Bruno, in the end, he alone knew what the difference was, and he was famously reticent to describe his method in specific detail. Whatever the case may be, there is no doubt that these supremely rare and valued red-label wines are fantastically complex, unequivocally powerful, and decadently rich wines capable of decades, literally decades, of development. Wine Advocate (be sure to read the review below) put a drinking window of 2025 all the way to 2055 (and most would argue even that it is on the shorter side of the actual livelihood of this remarkable wine).
This is as collectible as any wine we’ve ever featured, truly. The fruit from this hails from the oldest plots of vines in the cru of Falletto – a monopole site owned exclusively by Giacosa (and not to be confused with Castiglione Falletto) just outside of the village of Serralunga. I wish I could say that I got to taste this wine...but even many of the top wine critics in the world don’t get to taste this unicorn. Read the critics who did get to taste it below, and I’m sure you’ll agree… if you can get a wine like this, by hook or by crook, you absolutely, positively, unquestionably, should do just that.
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This is the second 100-point Vigna Le Rocche, following the 2015. What the former had in intensity of fruit and transparency, this has in structure and power. The purity of fruit is sensational in this young Barolo, offering blackberries, black truffle and iron. Rust too. This is so tannic and powerful with incredible structure. This may be the most structured Barolo from Bruno Giacosa I have ever tasted as a young wine. Speechless. Full-bodied and so intense, yet it remains fresh and agile. Traditional in every sense of the word, but this is clear and clean. A classic in the making. It will be in the market January 2022. Leave this for at least six to eight years. Try in 2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The Bruno Giacosa 2016 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche sees its fruit sourced from the oldest vines in the Falletto cru. This wine boasts all the signature touches of Serralunga d'Alba with the massive structure density and the long aging potential that comes with Nebbiolo grown in this village. The wine spreads evenly over the palate imparting its considerable fruit weight and generally leaving a big impact. This Barolo is really quite lovely and beautiful. The bouquet is fluid and ever-shifting showing new sides with firm fruit blackberry smoke rusty nail and mineral with every swirl of the glass. I visited this vineyard site shortly before tasting this wine and marveled at the beautiful peacocks that roam free between the rows of vines. Perhaps no Nebbiolista looms larger in the sister appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco than Bruno Giacosa. This legendary winemaker had an insane, deeply intuitive and intellectual ability to recognize the best growing sites for the Nebbiolo grape. His intimate familiarity with the rolling landscape and sun-kissed hilltops of the Langhe ushered in a new chapter for Italy’s most prestigious wine denominations. Wine lovers now identify the best Nebbiolo-based wines according to vineyard cru or MGA (Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva). Our ability to appreciate the finest nuances and differences within a complicated patchwork of grapevines and trellises is a direct consequence of the Giacosa school. Bruno Giacosa passed away on January 21 2018 after a long bout with illness following a stroke in 2006. He was 88. His daughter Bruna Giacosa runs the winery today. I interviewed Robert M. Parker Jr. a few days after Giacosa’s death to write his obituary: "His contributions to Italian wine and his beloved Piedmont are beyond measure" said Parker. "I am honored to have met him, shared his wines and remain in naked awe of what he achieved. It wouldn't surprise me if God were learning the glories of Nebbiolo from the Master." Drink 2025-2055”
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