Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili

Barbaresco DOCG, Piemonte

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

  • 94

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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, June 2018

    "In 2013, the father and daughter winemaking team of Bruno and Bruna Giacosa decided not to produce their Barbaresco Asili. They made a Rabajà expression instead. Asili was vinified separately again in 2014 and more recently to create the impressive 2015 Barbaresco Asili. This wine was bottled one year ago in July and has been on the market since February. This expression offers accessible and generous fruit tones, with blackcurrant and dark plum. The wine delivers big inner power with evident tannic firmness and a point of astringency on the finish. All it needs is more time in the bottle."

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  • 95

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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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

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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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

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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili
    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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