Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

Asili represents one of the most important single vineyards of Barbaresco. Bruno Giacosa purchased vineyards in Asili in the 1980s, which now total 2.5 hectares.

Tasting Notes

Intense garnet red color. Notes of raspberry and wild strawberry with floral tones are found on the nose. On the palate, good structure is matched with freshness of fruit and fine tannins.

Early reports of the 2019 vintage have described it as a classic year. A cold wet spring slowed vine growth and the persistent rain made rot and disease a threat. However, despite the added risks, the rains gave the soils the much-needed water to survive the summer months. June then delivered a fantastic summer with the hot, dry days lasting through to August when a hailstorm broke loose. Good conditions swiftly picked up again and idyllic weather continued into September.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Asili (Village of Barbaresco)
  • Area: 2.5 ha
  • Vineyard exposure: South and southwest
  • Age of vines: 30 years old
  • Soil: Calcareous clay with a good percentage of sand
  • Vineyard density: 4,200 vines per hectare
  • Yield: 45 hL/hectare
  • Harvest date: October 10, 2019
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 18 months in 110L Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2021
  • Alcohol: 14.30% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.56 g/L
  • pH: 3.59
  • Total extract: 27.4 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2021-2040

Asili represents one of the most important single vineyards of Barbaresco. Bruno Giacosa purchased vineyards in Asili in the 1980s, which now total 2.5 hectares.

Tasting Notes

Intense garnet color with orange highlights. Notes of red fruit and roses are found on the nose. On the palate, good structure is matched with freshness of fruit and sweet, silky tannins.

The 2017 vintage will be a year to remember for the challenges that growers faced from Mother Nature, namely hot weather and very little rain. Surprisingly, the wines produced do not show any notes of over-ripeness commonly found in a hot year. This balance in the wines is attributed to the stark temperature swings with cool summer nights tempering the hot days. The Barbaresco is fruit-driven with good acidity, and the Barolo is rich and austere.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Asili (Village of Barbaresco)
  • Area: 2.5 ha
  • Vineyard exposure: South and southwest
  • Age of vines: 28 years old
  • Soil: Calcareous clay with a good percentage of sand
  • Vineyard density: 4,200 vines per hectare
  • Yield: 45 hL/hectare
  • Harvest date: September 19, 2017
  • Fermentation and maceration: 15 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 18 months in Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2019
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.40 g/L
  • pH: 3.55
  • Total extract: 29.2 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2020-2035

Vintage: 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. The 2015 Barbaresco Asili is the emblem of balance and fruitiness.

Tasting Notes

Intense garnet red color. Notes of raspberry, blackcurrant and wild strawberry are found on the nose. On the palate, good structure is matched with freshness of fruit and fine tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Asili (Village of Barbaresco)
  • Area: 2.5 ha
  • Vineyard exposure: South and southwest
  • Age of vines: 18 years old
  • Soil: Calcareous clay with a sandy vein
  • Harvest date: September 22-24, 2015
  • Fermentation and maceration: 17 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 18 months in large, 110hL Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2017
  • Alcohol: 14.50% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.60 g/L
  • pH: 3.53
  • Total extract: 29.8 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2020-2030

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

The nose offers red fruit characters and aromas of roses and dried flowers. The palate presents good structure supported by excellent freshness. Tannins are present, but they are sweet and silky.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.60 g/L
  • pH: 3.58

  • 98

    points

    James Suckling, April 2022

    "Sweet and succulent aromas of tangerines, freshly cut ripe strawberries, cherries and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate with sleek and dense tannins that run the length of the wine and then fan out into a dense, vivid finish of fruit. It’s chewy and seriously structured with finesse and energy. Silky texture."

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  • 93

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    Wine Spectator, November 2020

    "A focused, racy style, brimming with strawberry, cherry and mineral flavors. Elegant and balanced, with floral touches and a lingering aftertaste. The firm, integrated structure will allow this red to evolve gracefully. Best from 2023 through 2042. 185 cases imported."

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  • 95

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    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, July 2018

    "Macerated cherry, plum, mineral and leafy, herbal notes highlight this tightly wound red. Elegant, with silkiness up front and assertive tannins guarding the finish. Gains complexity with air. Best from 2022 through 2040. 1,125 cases made."

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  • 93

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    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2015

    "Enticing flavors of cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and underbrush mark this elegant, firm red. Tightly wound for now and just hinting at the future. Best from 2018 through 2030."

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  • 94

    points

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2015

    "The 2012 Barbaresco Asili is the finest wine I have tasted from Bruno Giacosa since the 2007 vintage. A bright, beautifully translucent red, the 2012 Asili captures the essence of this great site in its perfumed aromatics, silky fruit and understated depth. Hints of orange zest, rose petal, cinnamon and pine are laced into the resonant, alluring finish. Already quite open and expressive, the 2012 should drink well for the next decade or so. Giacosa fans will find much to admire in the sexy, open-knit 2012 Asili. This is a tremendous showing, and one of the very best 2012s readers will come across."

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  • 94

    points

    Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, December 2016

    "This wine’s texture is lovely, with lightly abrasive tannins that weave through its saturated flavors of black cherry and plum. The fruit is rich, its sweet ripeness balanced by fresh acidity. The flavors take on notes of anise and pepper, verging into some savory notes that provide ballast—on the dark end of the spectrum for Barbaresco, calling for a match with rich beef or veal dishes."

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  • 94

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    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2015

    "Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer."

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  • 95

    points

    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

    "Red rose, iris, perfumed berry and baking spice emerge on this stunning, vibrant wine. The elegantly structured palate offers crushed raspberry, juicy red cherry, cinnamon and chopped herb while fresh acidity and polished tannins provide a bright, elegant framework. Drink 2018–2027."

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  • 96

    points

    James Suckling, James Suckling, November 2015

    "This has superb elegance and depth to it. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a wonderful length. Exquisite tannins. All about class this year. Grows on the palate. The quality of the tannins! Drink or hold."

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  • 98

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    Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

    "Once in a while I get a chance to taste a wine that shows me something I've not experienced before in the most positive way imaginable. The Asili is such a wine -- at its young age, it shows absolutely explosive aromas of cherry, fresh cut orange, powder, candied raspberry and mixed spice, all just as clear as a cathedral bell. The palate is just starting to show the promise of the nose, with a firm grip and dry earth minerality up front now, but the promise is solid as a rock. Riveting wine!"

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    , Gambero Rosso, October 2015

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