Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

Asili represents one of the most important single vineyards of Barbaresco. Bruno Giacosa's vineyards are comprised of 2.5 hectares, planted in calcareous clay soils with a sandy vein. The Asili wines showcase an expressive and elegant profile.   Vintage: 2014 was a classical year regarding the weather and climatically balanced without any extreme heat or rain. Worthy of taking note is the temperature range during the summer between daytime highs and nighttime lows, which favored a good accumulation of aromatic notes in the Nebbiolo variety. The wines produced in this vintage are very fine and elegant, with refined fruit aromas and a medium to high structure.

Tasting Notes

Intense red garnet color with orange highlights. Notes of raspberry and wild strawberry are layered with floral aromas of rose and violet. On the palate, good structure is matched with freshness of fruit and sweet, silky tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Asili (Village of Barbaresco)
  • Area: 2.5 ha
  • Vineyard exposure: South and southwest
  • Age of vines: 25 years old
  • Soil: Calcareous clay with a good percentage of sand
  • Vineyard density: 4,200 vines per hectare
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: September 30, 2014
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in 110hL Botti cask of French oak, 18 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2017
  • Alcohol: 14.50% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.65 g/L
  • pH: 3.61
  • Total extract: 29.7 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2019-2036

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

A very fine and elegant wine with violet, orange peel, and red fruit notes.  On the palate, silky tannins frame the long, luxurious finish.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.70 g/L
  • pH: 3.6

  • 97

    Points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    Wine Spectator, April 2019

    "Fluid and juicy, with savory notes of menthol and juniper, matched to the cherry and currant fruit. Underlined by a mineral element, this features a serious whack of tannins on the finish, yet the lasting impression is of sweet, ripe cherry and berry flavors. Wonderful length. Best from 2022 through 2045. From Italy."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 94

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, April 2016

    "An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032. 300 cases imported."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 94

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, January 2016

    "An elegant, sinewy style, with classic Nebbiolo character, exuding floral, cherry, strawberry, leather and mineral flavors. The lingering tobacco finish gets a boost from the light burr of tannins. Remains juicy and long. Best from 2017 through 2032."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 95

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) is a full and generous wine that wraps thickly over the senses. The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke. There is an evident sense of fruit ripeness here that helps to build momentum and staying power. Clay soils in the vineyard site have also helped to contribute to the heft and full-bodied nature of this special wine. The finish is characterized by mild acidity and lingering flavors of ripe fruit. The opulent fruit of the wine recalls the 2007 and 2004 vintages. "

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 96

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2013

    "Good medium red.  Crushed cherry, raspberry, rose petal and botanical herbs on the tangy nose and palate.  If the Santo Stefano is a more masculine, underbrushy style of nebbiolo, this one is a perfume bomb in the mouth, incredibly silky and fine-grained but with outstanding sappy tang to leaven its thickness.  Most impressive today on the slowly mounting, elegant, mouth-saturating back end, which features big but fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length.  A real essence of nebbiolo."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 99

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2015

    "This is an incredible wine that reminds me of the perfect 2000 Barolo Rocche de Falletto. Flowers, spices, leather and animals. Decadent. Dried mushrooms. Then changes to Japanese ginger and lemon peel. Full-bodied but refined and so long. It has layers of fruit and power. So refined. Ripe and intense. Perfect balance and harmony. It will be released in 2016."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • Tre Bicchieri

    Award

    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva
    , Gambero Rosso, October 2016

    ""

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Bottle

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Label

2011 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Tasting Notes

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Bottle

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Label

2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva – Tasting Notes

Bruno Giacosa Logo

Bruno Giacosa Photography – Asili panorama

Bruno Giacosa Photography – Bruno and Bruna Giacosa

Bruno Giacosa Photography – Estate

Bruno Giacosa Photography – Harvest

Bruno Giacosa Photography – Harvest 2