Bruno Giacosa Barolo DOCG

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

 The 2018 vintage was well received after the turbulent 2017 growing year. A longer winter heralded in heavy rains in May and June, which gave the vines much needed water after the previous year's drought. Throughout the summer, conditions were generally ideal with warm days and cool nights, making harvest an overall success. Early samples of Barbaresco and Barolo are indicating a soft, balanced vintage.

Tasting Notes

 Red garnet in color. Intense and fine aromas of fresh red fruit. The palate presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard exposure: Southwest
  • Age of vines: 27-31 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: October 10, 2018
  • Fermentation and maceration: 25 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 30 months in Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: December 2021
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.5 g/L
  • pH: 3.60
  • Total extract: 30.2 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2022-2035

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.

Tasting Notes

Red garnet in color. Intense and fine aromas of fresh red fruit. The palate  presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard exposure: Southwest
  • Age of vines: 26-31 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: September 25, 2017
  • Fermentation and maceration: 20 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: December 2020
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.45 g/L
  • pH: 3.55
  • Total extract: 28.4 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2021-2045

Created from a balanced growing season and a summer that was never too hot, 2016 will be a vintage to remember for the quality of the wines produced. Low humidity, no heat spikes and perfectly timed rain resulted in one of the latest harvests in the last few years. The Nebbiolo from this year is full-bodied and fragrant, and the Barolos and Barbarescos are grand wines that will only benefit from extended aging. A classic vintage of old times.

Tasting Notes

Red garnet in color. Intense and fine aromas of fresh red fruit. The palate presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Vineyard exposure: Southwest
  • Age of vines: 25-30 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: October 14, 2016
  • Fermentation and maceration: 22 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: July 2019
  • Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.55 g/L
  • pH: 3.54
  • Total extract: 38.9 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2020-2040

  • 94

    points

    James Suckling, October 2022

    "A fine and pretty Barolo with plenty of strawberry and mushroom character. White truffle, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied and creamy with medium, round tannins. Delicious now and will improve nicely."

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  • 92

    points

    Wine Spectator, 2022

    "Taut and elegant, with mulled plum and cherry flavors shaded by spice, tar and chocolate. Offers dusty, integrated tannins, and plays out slowly on the long finish. Best from 2024 through 2038. 95 cases imported. "

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  • 93

    points

    Wine Spectator, November 2020

    "A ripe style, delivering macerated plum, cherry, mineral and tea aromas and flavors allied to a steely structure, this is linear in profile, with vibrant acidity and a lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit. Best from 2023 through 2042. 250 cases imported."

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  • 94

    points

    James Suckling, August 2020

    "The berry and tar character is already coming through clearly here. It shows readiness and focus. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and attractive orange-peel and spice notes, turning to flowers. Chewy, yet polished and pretty. This comes from the young vineyards on the estate. Drinkable now, but better after 2022."

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