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94 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

“Very tight and focused with orange peel, chocolate and hints of bright fruit. Medium body, firm and silky finish. Structured and beautiful. Don’t forget Giacosa’s Nebbiolos! Drink now.”

90 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

“Enticing, featuring delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors, allied to an elegant frame. Firm tannins hold court on the long finish, but this is balanced overall. Drink now through 2024. 1,175 cases made.”

93 points

2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2018

“I am a huge fan of this vineyard site in the Roero region. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore serves to encourage and confirm my enthusiasm. The Valmaggiore vineyard is home to dangerously steep rows that make farming extremely laborious. The effort is worth it, especially when you consider those delicate and nuanced berry aromas that so beautifully permeate the bouquet. Wild strawberry, cassis and blueberry are followed by pressed violet and bitter almond. Nor is the mouthfeel to be underestimated, as it provides ample structure and extra crunch on the tonic finish. This wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting and is developing handsomely.”

90 points

2015 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2017

“Firm, with burly tannins offset by cherry, berry, iron and tobacco flavors. Offers a beam of cherry and berry fruit, just needs a year or so to settle down. Best from 2019 through 2024. 1,166 cases made.”

91+ points

2015 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2017

“The Valmaggiore vineyard in the Roero appellation is one of the hottest spots for grape-growing in Piedmont today. Fruit coming out of this site has been exceptional these past few years. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigne Valmaggiore shows a youthful personality with fresh primary fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry followed by red rose and pressed violet. The Roero area is characterized by sandy soils so those floral perfumes are very pronounced and intense. Bruna Giacosa just signed a ten-year lease on this site meaning she now manages all the farming needs in-house. The Valmaggiore cru awards us with a different and equally exciting perspective onto the Nebbiolo grape.”

90 points

2014 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

“Tobacco and mushroom notes lend an earthy tone to this wine’s fresh red berry flavors. It feels vibrant and ripe, with hints of menthol, coriander and sweet spice that add dimension. Its ripe fruit and mild tannins make it a versatile partner for poultry or pasta.”

89 points

2014 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

“Bruna Giacosa says that her family had a much easier time with Nebbiolo in 2014 compared to the other grapes they farm. The 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Vigna Valmaggiore is an elegant and forthcoming wine that drinks easily in the near-term, thanks to the balanced acidity and silky tannins it offers. The bouquet is laced with wild berry, blue flower and cola. The wine's structure is succulent and firm. In fact, the decisive firmness of this red comes as a pleasant surprise.”

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.”

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