Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto

Barolo DOCG, Piemonte

Purchased in 1980, the Falletto estate is comprised of 10.5 hectares (26 acres) in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Considered by Bruno Giacosa as the best area for producing elegant and long-lived Barolos, the Falletto vineyard is southwest facing on steep slopes of calcareaous clay soils in an amphitheater shape. The Falletto wines are austere, elegant and complex on the nose, with excellent structure and suave tannins.   Vintage 2015: 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.

Tasting Notes

Red garnet in color. Intense, elegant and complex nose with fresh red fruit and spice notes. The palate presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Falletto (village of Serralunga d’Alba)
  • Vineyard exposure: Southwest
  • Age of vines: 21-24 years old
  • Yield: 45 hL/ha
  • Harvest date: October 1, 2015
  • Fermentation and maceration: 22 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 32 months in 110hL Botti cask of French oak, 6 months in bottle
  • Bottling: August 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.50% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.65 g/L
  • pH: 3.56
  • Total extract: 30.2 g/L
  • Optimal period for consumption: 2019-2033

Vintage: 2014 was a classical year regarding the weather and climatically balanced without any extreme heat or rain. Worthy of taking note is the range in the temperature during the summer nights 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

Red garnet in color. Intense, elegant and complex nose with red fruit, floral and spice notes. The palate presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

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

Intense, elegant and complex nose with red fruit, floral and spice notes.  The palate presents good freshness, excellent structure and fine, velvety tannins.

  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • Subarea: Falletto (village of Serralunga d’Alba)
  • Exposure: Southwest
  • Age of vines: 18-21 years old
  • Harvest date: 28-29 September 2012
  • Fermentation and maceration: 18 days in stainless steel vats
  • Malolactic fermentation: completely developed
  • Refinement: 30 months in French oak + 8 months in bottle
  • Bottling: March 2016
  • Alcohol: 14.45% vol.
  • Total acidity: 5.75 g/L
  • pH: 3.59
  • Total extract: 30.6 g/L

  • 94

    points

    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2018

    "The picture of elegance, this Barolo is nonetheless steely and solid. Delicate floral, cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors ride the chalky texture, while vibrant acidity and well-proportioned tannins drive the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042. 150 cases imported."

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  • 96

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    James Suckling, James Suckling, September 2018

    "Impressive fresh leather-clad red cherries with a subtle earthiness in the background. Quite pure. Floral and aromatic. The palate has a very elegant yet powerful core of blueberries and cherries. A smooth release of fruit sweetness into the fresh and vibrant finish. Elegant and classic. More open than normal. Impressive now but better from 2022."

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  • 93+

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "The 2012 Barolo Falletto is a bit timid to open and needs extra time in the glass (especially when tasted this young). This wine was bottled in March. The wine already shows impressive complexity and depth with drying mineral notes that frame a pretty core of cherry and blackberry fruit. Background notes of light spice and grilled herb complete this pretty picture. What stands out most here, however, is the tight textural fabric of this wine. It is poised for very good aging potential."

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  • 94

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, September 2016

    "A gorgeous red, featuring cherry, strawberry, floral and tobacco flavors, with hints of tar and licorice—all the hallmarks of great Barolo. The beefy tannins are there, but not overwhelming. This glides to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Best from 2020 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S."

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  • 97

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    James Suckling, James Suckling, November 2016

    "A young wine that builds on the palate with plums, spices, cedar and hints of chocolate. Turns to hazelnuts. Full to medium body, but this builds on the palate. Juicy and chewy with caressing tannins. Love the way it grows on the palate. Better in 2019."

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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, October 2016

    "Massive, high-toned, cherry and blueberry fruit aromas are joined by an intriguing brushy note. The structure is what you'd expect from a wine of this pedigree, and it's incredibly tight on the palate now. That said, it's destined for real elegance. I'm not in the habit of dropping 100 points on a wine, but this is one of the few future candidates that I've come across. I'll get back to you in about ten years if I get the chance. Wow!"

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