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88 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

“This red delivers an appealing cherry fruit component along with licorice, earth and tobacco accents. Chewy tannins emerge on the finish, which echoes the tobacco notes. Drink now through 2021. 700 cases imported.”

89 points

2017 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, December 2018

“Rich and juicy, exuding black currant, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors, with a hint of chocolate on the lingering finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.”

89 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2018

“Ripe cherry, blackberry and earth notes mark this fruity red. It's firm as well, yet enjoy this overall for its frank expression of ripe Dolcetto. Drink now through 2020. 598 cases made.”

88 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba Falletto

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

“The 2016 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a vinous and foxy nose of black cherry and raw fruit. The wine reveals a saturated ruby color with blackish coloring at the edges. This vintage delivers an extraordinary sense of varietal purity. Grapes used to make this wine were purchased from outside farmers located in the Neive township. I tasted this wine less than a week after it was bottled, but the underlying potential of the fruit is apparent.”

90 points

2015 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, March 2017

“A blast of black currant, blackberry, violet and spice notes marks this intense, concentrated red. Juicy, with fine balance and a long, chocolate-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported. –BS”

88 points

2015 Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

“The 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba opens to a very fruity bouquet with ripe cherry and raspberry on prominent display. The wine offers immediate appeal and dark cherry that spills over into tilled earth and button mushroom. The Dolcetto grape doesn't offer much tannic support, but this wine offers noticeable firmness nonetheless. This was not an easy vintage for Dolcetto, but the winemaking team at the Giacosa winery took extra steps to safeguard the integrity of the fruit.”

97 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2018

“Piercing scents of truffle, rose water, macerated cherry and medicinal herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Less evolved and harmonious on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit and tightly wound, dense tannins. Stays fresh and long on the extended finish. Best from 2022 through 2043. 50 cases imported.”

95 points

2008 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, November 2013

“Good deep red.  Redcurrant, plum, sexy brown spices, menthol, marzipan, licorice and a balsamic element on the nose; Bruna compares this wine to the supernal 2000 bottling.  The palate delivers a captivating combination of ineffable perfume and buns of steel, with strong acidity giving definition to the flavors of rose petal, exotic spices, truffle and underbrush.  Offers lovely breadth with a weightless quality.  Really echoes and vibrates on the back end, finishing with huge but sweet tannins that reach the front teeth and explosive tangy red fruits.  Should be fairly long-lived but will it have the finesse of the 2000?”

97 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

“Piercing scents of truffle, rose water, macerated cherry and medicinal herbs are the hallmarks of this elegant red. Less evolved and harmonious on the palate, with a core of sweet fruit and tightly wound, dense tannins. Stays fresh and long on the extended finish. Best from 2022 through 2043. 50 cases imported.”

96 points

2012 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

“The 2012 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (red label) was bottled last September and has already eased into a comfortable and promising stage in its very early evolution. Bruna Giacosa tells me that this wine will be made in 2014 and 2016, so future supplies are plentiful. The jury is out on whether the wine will be produced in 2015, but Bruna tells me it is unlikely (albeit by no means confirmed at this point). Fruit selection was extreme in 2012. This is a warm vintage expression, and the wine is beautifully rich and velvety as a result. That textural richness is what stands out most. The primary fruit is bold and very well defined. There is a point of dark cherry ripeness, but it adds to the generous fiber and softness of the mouthfeel. Of the many beautiful vintages I have tasted of this wine, I suspect the 2012 might be faster in its evolution.”

97 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2017

“This alluring red starts out with soft rose, cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, all harmonious, before picking up tar, tobacco and mineral elements, playing out on the long finish. This has mellowed somewhat, but the fruit never gives up, even as mouthcoating tannins emerge. Best from 2023 through 2040. 900 cases made.”

97 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

“Here we have the venerated red label. The Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigne Le Rocche commands attention and respect. The wine successfully, and somewhat magically, turns the tables on the overdone exuberance of the warm vintage and the natural heft that is inherent to Serralunga d'Alba. It does a great job of reining in all that power and transforming it into streamlined elegance instead. The wine opens to a dark and penetrating color and an immediately expressive bouquet. Thick layers of dark fruit, iron-rich earth, balsam herb, Darjeeling tea, dried ginger and cherry cola rise from the bouquet. The wine's Falletto signature is very strong. This is a Grande Vino with the proverbial capital G and capital V.”

97 points

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2017

“This alluring red starts out with soft rose, cherry, raspberry and menthol flavors, all harmonious, before picking up tar, tobacco and mineral elements, playing out on the long finish. This has mellowed somewhat, but the fruit never gives up, even as mouth- coating tannins emerge. Best from 2023 through 2040. From Italy.—B.S.”

Tre Bicchieri Award

2008 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Gambero Rosso, November 2014

96 points

2008 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2013

“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (aged 36 months in botte grande) is a gorgeous wine from every perspective. Its 360-degree beauty shines comes through in terms of the intensity of the bouquet and the elegance of the mouthfeel. Again, super-finely textured tannins give the wine backbone and create a supporting structure for rich fruit flavors. There-s just enough consistency here to fill the palate, yet the wine is never heavy or flat. It shows vibrant energy thanks to the natural freshness and that beautiful note of garden fresh red rose that pops up as nostalgic sign-off. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.”

97 points

2008 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

James Suckling, James Suckling, July 2012

“Amazing nose of chocolate, orange peel, plums and hazelnut. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and a long finish. Intense with a beautiful line of fine tannins that go on for minutes. Superb. 10,000 bottles made. February 2014 release. Leave it for at least four or five years before drinking!”

88 points

2008 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, April 2012

“The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto shows more depth and up-front richness than the Falletto, but then loses much of its persistence on the mid-palate and finish. Frankly, this is a perplexing effort. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. It’s hard to know what to make of Bruno Giacosa’s 2008 Baroli. Over the years I have had the privilege and pleasure to drink virtually all of Giacosa’s wines from both legendary and weaker vintages all the way back to 1961. These wines don’t match anything in my previous experience.”

95 points

2013 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”

97 points

2013 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.”

95 points

2013 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.”