Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

Purchased in 1980, the Falletto estate is comprised of 10.5 hectares (26 acres) in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Considered by Bruno Giacosa as the best area for producing elegant and long-lived Barolos, the Falletto vineyard is southwest facing on steep slopes of calcareaous clay soils in an amphitheater shape. The estate features a single plot known as Vigna Le Rocche, which contains the oldest vines and produces wines that are vinified and bottled separately from the rest of the estate. The Falletto wines are austere, elegant and complex on the nose, with excellent structure and suave tannins. Vintage 2015: This vintage started with an early budding of the vines followed by a normal spring and a very hot summer, especially during the month of July, with temperatures much higher than normal. The wines made from the Nebbiolo grape in this vintage are fragrant and distinctly fruity with a good tannic plot and a medium to high structure.

Tasting Notes

Red garnet color with orange glints. Elegant and intense on the nose with notes of blackcurrants, pomegranate, raspberries and rose petal. On the palate, the wine showcases good structure, a full body, and velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Falletto (village of Serralunga d’Alba)
  • Vineyard: Le Rocche
  • Vineyard exposure: South/southwest
  • Age of vines: 42 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: September 29, 2015
  • Fermentation and maceration: 24 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in 110hL Botti cask of French oak, 8-10 months in bottle
  • Bottling: August 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.75% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.40 g/L
  • pH: 3.60
  • Total extract: 30 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2019-2038

Bruno Giacosa’s winemaking philosophy combines a respect for tradition and conservative winemaking with the selected use of modern technology to obtain the best expression of each vineyard’s terroir. He is convinced that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers. This belief pushes him to improve quality with every harvest. In the cellar, the goal is to produce a wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle, so winemaking methods are traditional and in full respect of the grape’s typical characteristics.

Tasting Notes

Complex nose of rose petal, ripe fruit, orange peel, tobacco and spice lead to a palate that is generous and full-bodied, but still precise and elegant.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Falletto (village of Serralunga d’Alba)
  • Vineyard: Le Rocche
  • Vineyard exposure: South
  • Age of vines: 40 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: 16-17 October 2013
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in large, 110hL Botti cask of French oak, 8 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2016
  • Alcohol: 14.50% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.70 g/L
  • pH: 3.57
  • Total extract: 29.6 g/L

Bruno Giacosa’s winemaking philosophy combines a respect for tradition and conservative winemaking with the selected use of modern technology to obtain the best expression of each vineyard’s terroir. He is convinced that great wines begin in the vineyard with the production of grapes cultivated by experienced growers. This belief pushes him to improve quality with every harvest. In the cellar, the goal is to produce a wine that maintains its identity from vine to bottle, so winemaking methods are traditional and in full respect of the grape’s typical characteristics.

Tasting Notes

Complex nose of rose petal, ripe fruit, orange peel, truffle and spice lead to a palate that is generous and full-bodied, but still precise and elegant.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.50% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.35 g/L
  • pH: 3.61

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

    "The recent evolution of this wine is a bit confusing. After the 2009 Barolo le Rocche del Falletto was released, the wine was not made in 2010 or 2011. The following year, we got the 2012 Barolo Falletto that I scored last year. We now return to the series with the 2013 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche—which is, of course, the white label wine. The wine shows extremely elegant and fine characteristics with a dry and streamlined approach. Fruit tones on offer are delicate and nuanced. White truffle, balsam herb, violet and licorice are folded within. The wine was a little reticent when I tasted it and it definitely needs more time to flesh out in the bottle."

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    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2017

    "Cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by leather, licorice, mineral and tar flavors in this red, starting out detailed and elegant, turning firm and unyielding by the finish. Though assertive, the tannins stay within bounds, and this finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2022 through 2045. From Italy.—B.S."

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

    "Cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by leather, licorice, mineral and tar flavors in this red, starting out detailed and elegant, turning firm and unyielding by the finish. Though assertive, the tannins stay within bounds, and this finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2022 through 2045. 1,150 cases made"

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2017

    "This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and ripe fruit. Aromas of plums and hazelnuts. Full-bodied and chewy. Fabulous finish. Needs three to four years to come together. Great wine. No Falleto was made in 2013. Only Le Rocche. Available in January 2017."

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, September 2013

    "From one of Barolo’s iconic houses, this wine is more delicately structured and forward than usual but still bears Giacosa’s hallmark fi­nesse and complexity. It has mesmerizing perfumes of rose, violet, cherry, strawberry and hints of cedar. The palate shows lively cherry, mineral and spice notes, and has a smooth, silky texture. Drink now or hold 10 years for more complexity."

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    Joe D'Angelo, International Wine Report, June 2013

    "The 2009 ‘Le Rocche del Falletto’ Barolo from Bruno Giacosa is a wine of pure elegance. It brings a wonderful, pure expression of Nebbiolo fruit, with aromas of candied strawberries, wild cherries, rose petals, sweet herbs and licorice notes. This is well structured around fine, silky tannins ending with incredible length. However, patience will be required here, as this will need time to develop further in bottle, but this has remarkable potential and a wine I would love to revisit in the future. (Best 2018-2029)"

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    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2013

    "The 2009 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto comes from a south-facing parcel with steep slopes for well-draining soils. The vines are approximately 35 years old. There-s a touch of extra ripeness here, even a hint of strawberry, backed by rich berry fruit, cassis and blackberry. The wine shows its most elegant side in the mouth, where the firming, polished tannins give the wine backbone and grace. It-s deliciously silky and extra fine with microscopic precision. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036."

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